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May 31, 1941

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1941;116(22):2509-2514. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820220051015
Abstract

NEUROPSYCHIATRIC EXAMINATION OF APPLICANTS FOR VOLUNTARY ENLISTMENT AND SELECTEES FOR INDUCTION

Circular Letter No. 19 

  1. The Surgeon General desires that medical officers examining applicants for voluntary enlistment and selectees for induction be especially alert to detect all persons with deficiency, constitutional psychopathy, prepsychotic and postpsychotic personality or psychosis and other persons who later may disrupt discipline and morale, retard progressive military training, occupy hospital beds urgently needed for acutely ill patients and finally become an economic burden on the government.

  2. The following information is intended solely as a practical guide, and neuropsychiatrists are enjoined to apply it with discretion and mature judgment in order not to reject applicants or selectees without adequate and positive diagnostic indications of their unsuitability for active service, since their unwarranted rejection not only would constitute an injustice to the persons concerned but would deprive the government of their service.

  3. During the period

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