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February 3, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(5):414-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810050034011

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Elsewhere in this issue appear the recommendations of the American Youth Commission of the American Council on Education as far as they relate to the health of our young people. Strangely, in this document, as well as in several others that have recently been published, a number of statements alleged to be scientific are accepted at their face value without due regard for fact. Thus it is said that one third of the men drafted for the army in 1918 were physically unfit for such service and presumably handicapped to a greater or less extent even for civilian life. Notwithstanding this statement, it is generally recognized that the fitness of the American nation is up to that of most of the other civilized nations of the world. In a selection for army service certain considerations must be taken into account so far as relates to eyesight, flatfoot and similar disabilities

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