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January 30, 1954


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Temple University Hospital 3401 N. Broad St., Philadelphia 40.

JAMA. 1954;154(5):438. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940390062022

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To the Editor:—  I note with satisfaction in The Journal, Dec. 19, 1953, page 1466, the news of the organizing of Naval Reserve Surface Division (Medical) 9-240 in the Ninth Naval District. I am sure it will be a most useful training unit for medical reserve personnel. However, it is not, as stated in The Journal, "... the first time Navy medical reservists have been able to join a paid reserve unit with regularly scheduled drill periods and definite curriculums for its participants."Naval Reserve Surface Division (Medical) 4-25 was first planned in December, 1949, and a full curriculum of instruction evolved. The division was commissioned on April 27, 1950, and has continued to function ever since. There are weekly drills in assigned quarters in the U. S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia. In addition to routine class work, trainees are given the opportunity to supplement didactic instruction with practical demonstration in the

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