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January 17, 1942

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1942;118(3):231-233. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830030049014

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Abstract

PROCUREMENT AND ASSIGNMENT SERVICE FOR PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS AND VETERINARIANS

PROVISION OF MEDICAL OFFICERS FOR MILITARY SERVICES  At the time of the Pearl Harbor incident, Dec. 7, 1941, the Army was short approximately fifteen hundred physicians to bring all existing installations up to war strength. Requisition was made on the Procurement and Assignment Service immediately to secure such physicians under the age of 36. The number of physicians in the service was adequate to meet all professional demands in the care of patients but was not sufficient to provide physicians for all organizations on a war strength basis. Therefore the Procurement and Assignment Service on December 18 authorized the publication of application blanks for enrolment with a view to meeting the immediate needs of the Army. These blanks have been circulated by The Journal of the American Medical Association and by many state organizations. Some confusion has arisen in that many physicians interpreted the

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