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July 22, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(12):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470063016

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The Military Medical Situation  An analysis of the military medical situation indicates that many hundreds of additional physicians will have to be brought into uniform in the next few months, unless the United States can come to a reassuring understanding with Russia. Some of the facts available in Washington are as follows:

  1. Top officials considered the three medical services—Army, Navy and Air Force—adequately staffed for peacetime when the Korean crisis occurred.

  2. Selective Service has been called on to furnish 20,000 more men for the Army, and Navy, Air Force and Marines have lifted their enlistment ceilings.

  3. Present medical personnel cannot be spread far enough to care for the new men.

A yardstick for future medical demands can be devised from the present operational strength of the medical departments. The three services now average 3.6 doctors per 1,000 men. This ratio means 180 additional physicians will be required

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