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July 21, 1945

THE RELEASE OF MEDICAL OFFICERS FROM THE ARMED FORCES

JAMA. 1945;128(12):880-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290042012

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Abstract

Almost simultaneously with the coming of V-E day, physicians, as well as most other members of the armed forces, began to look forward to the day of their release from military service. The unrest inevitably associated with uncertainty as to the future was, of course, heightened by the sudden cessation of routine medical activities, so that many a physician chafed over being held in service without work to do. The dissatisfaction was further heightened when announcement of a system of release of men on a point system was made, yet without any statement as to the technic by which officers would be discharged from the service. More recently announcement has been made from the Office of the Surgeon General that from 2,000 to 3,000 physicians might be released by January 1946 or indeed that as many as 7,000 might be released by May 1946.

On July 11 Senator Johnson of

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