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October 18, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(16):1360-1361. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420052017

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When it became apparent in June 1940 that the medical profession would be required to provide the Army, the Navy and the Public Health Service with a considerable number of physicians to meet the needs of the preparedness campaign, medical leaders with foresight urged the deferment of medical students and interns who might be called up under the Selective Service Act. Almost every agency connected with medical education took an interest in the problem. Eventually, as has been previously published in The Journal, arrangements were made to defer medical students and interns. Moreover, opportunity was provided for official enrolment of junior and senior students in the War Department Reserve Pool, thus permitting them to continue their education and making them available for military service as medical officers after their medical education and internship had been completed. Unfortunately, a relatively small percentage of the medical students in the junior and senior

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