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October 18, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(16):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420052016

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At his press conference on October 10 the President of the United States indicated a plan for rehabilitation of the draftees who are classified at the time of their first physical examination as being susceptible of rehabilitation at a reasonable cost in a comparatively short time. Estimates publicly announced by different agencies have indicated that the number susceptible of rehabilitation varied from 20 to 50 per cent of those rejected as unfit. As indicated in the item published under the heading of Medical Preparedness in the current issue of The Journal, the President apparently accepted the more scientific estimates submitted to him; he indicated that approximately 200,000 men would be susceptible of rehabilitation for military service.

No doubt the large majority of those susceptible of rehabilitation represent draftees whose difficulties are concerned with the teeth. Thus much of the burden of rehabilitation will fall on the dental profession. Apparently representatives

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