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August 5, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(14):979. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850320037014

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WASHINGTON LETTER  (From a Special Correspondent)July 31, 1944.

Another Aspect of Medical Manpower Shortage  Another aspect of the nation's critical shortage of medical manpower is underscored in figures presented to a new national venereal disease committee appointed recently by Paul V. McNutt, Federal Security Administrator, to "plan new programs in the fight against venereal diseases and their spread." Although progress has been made in controlling incidence of venereal diseases in the Army and Navy "to the lowest point in history," there has been a slight current increase, from which the following factors were elicited: (1) increased reporting of infections with the advent of penicillin and the shorter period required for treatment, (2) shortage of trained venereal disease men in this country after the departure of more trained men for overseas duty and (3) the possibility of laxity induced by over-reliance on new methods of treatment.Col. Thomas H. Sternberg,

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