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May 9, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690020057009

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A survey of about 55,000 physicians called to military service during World War II conducted by the American Medical Association several years ago gave the first clear indication of the need for civilian participation in military medical planning. Since that time there has been a gradual acceptance of the fact that the health of the nation requires a careful correlation of military and civilian medicine.

The implementation of this concept through the efforts of the American Medical Association and a series of civilian advisory committees within the Department of Defense and other executive branches of the government has resulted in improvement in the use of medical manpower by the Armed Forces. It is encouraging to note that, despite a substantial reduction in the ratio of physicians to troop strength, the health care of our military forces is now at an all-time high.

Unfortunately, however, it was necessary on April 24

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