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October 3, 1942

Current Comment

JAMA. 1942;120(5):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830400050017

HEALTH ASPECTS OF FUEL RATIONING  On page 370 of this issue of The Journal appears a statement relative to the health aspects of fuel rationing and a brief summary of the coupon rationing plan announced by the Office of War Production in a press release.1 The possibility that about three million homes and apartments in thirty states on the Eastern Seaboard and in the Middle West may have to be kept at reduced temperatures in the coming winter owing to a shortage of heating oil is of interest to physicians. Warmth may be required in certain circumstances for reasons of health, and physicians may be called on under the proposed regulations to certify to the necessity for supplemental oil allowances. Families in which there are 1 or more children under 4, 1 or more persons aged 65 or older and 1 or more cases of illness, convalescent persons, persons

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