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September 21, 1918


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Elmira, N. Y.

JAMA. 1918;71(12):994-995. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600380058018

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To the Editor:  —The "Volunteer Medical Service Corps" merits much plainer discussion than The Journal has seen fit to devote to it.In Elmira, for example, we had only a handful of doctors in the Medical Reserve Corps, U. S. Army. We needed stimulation or something. So Major C. A. L. Reed was sent here to enable any physicians so inclined to be examined for commissions without inconvenience to themselves. The local representatives of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps gave out to the press, and there was duly published, a statement that all physicians were compelled to apply for commission or enroll in the stay-at-home-and-wear-a-button corps. The chairman of the local committee of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps called a meeting of physicians, and in his address stated emphatically that the matter of applying for a commission or enrolling in the organization was "not an invitation,

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