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October 10, 1942

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1942;120(6):457-459. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830410045015

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Abstract

PROCUREMENT AND ASSIGNMENT SERVICE FOR PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS AND VETERINARIANS 

THE NEED OF THE ARMY FOR PHYSICIANS  The office of the Surgeon General, United States Army, Washington, D. C., has requested publication in The Journal of the following statement:

RANK ON INITIAL APPOINTMENT  The Surgeon General realizes that physicians of our country are being asked to make individual and collective sacrifices incomparably greater than those of other professional groups. Original appointments in higher grades, no matter how desirable, cannot be recommended for all physicians in order to compensate them for their sacrifices which must be faced, both on a financial and on a familial basis. The physician must accept these sacrifices with his heritage of altruistic devotion to suffering humanity, which is universally anticipated. In justice, however, to those medical officers who accepted in peacetime their obligation of service to our country, and who during the long months since

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