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February 23, 1946


JAMA. 1946;130(8):497. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870080031013

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In the propaganda for a change in the nature of the practice of medicine, those who support government controlled medical care have emphasized chiefly up to now the number of men rejected by the armed forces as unfit for military service. Even President Truman, in sending his health message to Congress, dwelt considerably on these figures. Now the Army has suddenly lowered the physical standards for induction under the Selective Service; it will accept for induction men with the following physical defects previously listed as unqualified for military service:

Lateral deviation of the spine from the midline of more than 1 inch and less than 2 inches; history of thyroidectomy for toxic goiter with complete absence of active manifestations for two years; hernia, inguinal, which has not descended into the scrotum; hernia, femoral; individuals with local paralyses such as those due to poliomyelitis or nonprogressive disease of the peripheral nerves

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