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September 15, 1945

THE DISCHARGE OF MEDICAL OFFICERS

JAMA. 1945;129(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370036014

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Abstract

From the Office of the Surgeon General comes official announcement that some 13,000 to 15,000 medical officers will be discharged by the Army before Jan. 1, 1946. At present every possible effort is being made to rotate the men now in the service in order to return men now overseas as soon as possible. Authorities also want to give opportunity for practice in their specialties and for education in specialties to men who have had service thus far primarily as battalion surgeons.

Almost daily The Journal receives letters from physicians in the service who complain of wrong assignment, of failure to be promoted, of lack of sufficient duties to keep them fully occupied or for a variety of other causes. Regularly these statements have been sent, in the vast majority of instances without the name of the physician who wrote, directly to the Office of the Surgeon General, and every

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