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July 15, 1944

DEFERMENT OF PREMEDICAL STUDENTS

JAMA. 1944;125(11):790. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850290030009

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Abstract

Elsewhere in this issue (page 794) are published a letter from Congressman A. L. Miller of Nebraska to the President regarding current Selective Service regulations pertaining to premedical and medical students, and the President's reply. Granted that the premedical students involved will not become available as physicians until 1948, starting now and continuing until the war is over, students will commence premedical studies in utterly inadequate numbers. These lost premedical months or years cannot be regained after the war is over.

The President's suggestion that women and physically disqualified men can supply the need does not take into account the fact that qualified students in this category are not available in sufficient numbers now unless educational standards are drastically reduced. Furthermore, the study and practice of medicine are arduous, requiring vigorous health. These are not occupations for the physically unfit. The physically unfit cannot be expected to give an equal

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