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October 27, 1945

THE COMING AGE OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE

Author Affiliations

Colonel, Medical Reserve; Chief, Medical Division, National Selective Service System; Chairman, Joint Committee on Physical Fitness WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1945;129(9):595-600. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860430011004
Abstract

Industrial health in wartime is a very critical aspect of our whole national manpower problem. Wartime taught us that the resources of human capacity are the greatest resources in any country. We started out in 1940 to train 900,000 men a year in a peacetime military training program. That was easy to accomuplish, and our manpower seemed completely adequate for such a purpose. We have learned, as a result of our experience in the war, that our manpower is neither inexhaustible nor is it always available. We cannot waste or neglect it. On the contrary we must carefully nurture, husband and train it and wisely allocate and employ it if we are to achieve our national purposes. It has been the function of the Selective Service System and the War Manpower Commission to supervise this utilization of manpower and to bring sharply to mind its problems in wartime which may

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