April 19, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(16):1775. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820160027010

Britten and Perrott1 of the United States Public Health Service have summarized statistical data bearing on the physical defects observed in men examined during the draft of 1917-1918. The information is of particular interest at this time in connection with a suggested program of physical rehabilitation of registrants disqualified for general military service.2 Furthermore, it affords some indication of the number of men who will be classified as unavailable for duty with the armed forces during the present period of selective service owing to physical impairment.

The information contained in the report is based largely on a study of a particular group of drafted men, the so-called second million, who were examined at camp after May 1, 1918. In addition, local board data, limited largely to reexaminations made under an order promulgated by the President on Nov. 8, 1917, were also considered. On this basis 21.3 per cent

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