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July 22, 1950

PHYSICIANS FOR THE ARMED FORCES

JAMA. 1950;143(12):1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470030011

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Abstract

By the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, in December 1941, some 11,000 civilian physicians had already left their homes and practices to furnish medical support to the expanding armed forces of this country. About one year later the number had increased to 42,000, all on a voluntary basis. At the same time several thousands of premedical and medical students were deferred from active military duty to colleges and universities throughout the country to complete their medical training with a view to being called to the armed forces later to serve as medical officers.

At this time there is evidence of probable need once again for additional medical officers to support our increasing defense establishment. Budgetary allowances have been increased for additional enlistments. The President of the United States has authorized an increase of these enlistments to augment the present troop strength and has stated that this authorization includes medical

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