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July 11, 1942

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1942;119(11):888-890. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830280034015

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Abstract

PROCUREMENT AND ASSIGNMENT SERVICE FOR PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS AND VETERINARIANS 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PROCUREMENT AND ASSIGNMENT SERVICE  Q. Will the Procurement and Assignment Service protect a doctor from the draft?A. The Procurement and Assignment Service was not established to protect anybody from anything. Its function is to enroll physicians, dentists and veterinarians and assign them to the positions in which their services will be of greatest value to the nation in the war emergency. This function obviously parallels the responsibilities of Selective Service, but the officials of the Selective Service have welcomed the cooperation of the Procurement and Assignment Service in dealing with these professional groups. To implement this cooperation, General Hershey issued a memorandum to Selective Service boards asking them to secure through the state director of Selective Service the recommendations of the Procurement and Assignment Service wherever they are considering the classification of a physician,

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