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February 18, 1928


Author Affiliations

Colonel, Medical Corps, United States Army WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1928;90(7):535-539. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690340037015

Army Regulations 40-105, "Standards of Physical Examinations," prescribe that "the term 'albuminuria' will not ordinarily be used as a cause for rejection, nor does its presence alone justify a diagnosis of nephritis. When albumin is constantly or intermittently present the underlying pathological condition must, if possible, be determined and stated as the cause for rejection, but if albuminuria is present daily during a period of six days it should be stated as the cause of rejection, even if the origin cannot be determined" (par. 82).

No exception is taken to the provisions of this regulation, but it is thought that some good and physically sound men, as well as the seriously diseased, may be excluded from West Point and from the army by the application of the last sentence quoted. This opinion is based on the experience of annual physical examinations of officers and cadets at West Point in the

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