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July 21, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(12):888-890. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290050017

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent) July 14, 1945.

Downey Charges Army Is "Hoarding" Doctors  Senator Sheridan Downey of California has charged that surplus army doctors in Europe are not working "more than an hour or two a day" and should be returned at once to this country to relieve the shortage of civilian doctors. As chairman of a special military affairs subcommittee investigating army use of doctors, he says that 7,000 doctors the Army promised to release by next May 1 should be returned to civilian service immediately. Mr. Downey said that since the investigation was reported in the army newspaper Stars and Stripes he has "had letters from doctors who are not working more than two hours a day—majors, colonels, captains." He said their morale "is breaking down" and letters from the Pacific reveal a similar situation there. Brig. Gen. Robert Berry informed the hearing that the War

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