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October 31, 1942


JAMA. 1942;120(9):699-700. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830440041013

Three notable tributes have been paid recently to the services of the medical profession in time of war. One of these was by a Washington columnist, another by a well known radio commentator and the third by a famous newspaper cartoonist.

In his column "In the Capital" Ernest Lindley,1 discussing manpower control, cited the medical profession as an example of the trial of voluntary allocations before proceeding to compulsory methods. Mr. Lindley tells how the medical profession has succeeded in supplying doctors to the armed forces:

Supplying the armed services with medical officers has provided an interesting test. A few months ago the prospective shortage of physicians in the Army was serious. The job of overcoming this was undertaken by the War Manpower Commission with the cooperation of the American Medical Association and its state and local affiliates. A roster of 176,000 licensed physicians was available from which to draw

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