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January 9, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;121(2):132. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840020040011

PHYSICIANS NEEDED AS REPLACEMENTS IN CIVILIAN SERVICE  Every physician may well take pride in the manner in which the medical profession has responded to the nation's call for service. More than one month ahead of schedule the medical profession voluntarily met the procurement objectives (quotas) of the Army and Navy. The response to calls for service continues; through the Procurement and Assignment Service carefully considered scientific planning of future procurement objectives has been formulated. The willingness of physicians to enlist before quotas were established greatly reduced the number of remaining physicians in some areas. Already three hundred and five older physicians have been voluntarily relocated to new areas as a part of their contribution to the war effort. Opportunities still remain for service in critical areas, boom towns and large industrial organizations in the replacement of those physicians who have gone or who are willing to go into the armed forces. Younger physicians, those under 37 years of age who are physically

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