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October 30, 1943

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JAMA. 1943;123(9):565. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840440047016

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MEDICAL AND SOCIAL HISTORIES TO BE SECURED ON SELECTEES  The Selective Service System on October 12 directed local draft boards to gather detailed medical and social histories of registrants classified for induction into the armed forces. Medical field agents attached to each of the country's 6,500 local boards are being appointed to assist. The information gathered will be made available only to examining physicians for the armed services at induction stations. Major Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, director of Selective Service, stated in a bulletin to draft boards that "The Selective Service System and the armed forces want to make certain that the greatest possible care is taken (1) to accept those registrants whose previous medical and social history indicates their ability to adjust themselves under situations of stress, including those who may be termed 'borderline' cases, and (2) to reject those registrants whose condition is such as positively indicates physical or mental breakdown, or failure to adjust themselves to the responsibilities of military service after being inducted." A procedure was also established for the review of the records of men rejected at induction

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