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July 26, 1941


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JAMA. 1941;117(4):258-260. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820300006005b

If our last big army is to furnish the medical pattern for the present, an important group of chronic medical disabilities will be that referred to the heart. But that much of this disability is preventable is the conviction of thoughtful observers of medical service during the last war and during the long years of postwar hospitalizations and pension ratings. This is a time, therefore, in which it may be hoped that past experience, focused on today's work, will obviate much wastage of man power in the armed services and of government money in the future. Much good can be done by improved standards and due care in the medical examination of selectees, and this is receiving well merited attention. This paper, however, is concerned only with the less emphasized but equally important subject of caring for men in the services.

The real problem is not that of genuine heart

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