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January 3, 1925


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Memphis, Tenn.

JAMA. 1925;84(1):55-56. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660270059032

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To the Editor:  —The attention of the medical profession should be emphatically called to this subject, as discussed editorially in The Journal, Nov. 15, 1924, p. 1591. This iniquitous legislation should be repealed if possible. The objectionable paragraph is quoted in the editorial. Briefly, it provides transportation and hospitalization for all veterans regardless of the nature or origin of their disabilities. For the rest of their lives these men will be sent to government hospitals and treated for all their ills, venereal diseases, acute illnesses and accidents of all kinds. It is the reductio ad absurdum of the present tendency of our law makers to cater to the noisy minority of ex-service men. This act became a law in June, 1924. There is a Veterans' Hospital located in this city, and the number of patients increased from about fifty to 190 on the passage of this act. The majority of

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