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August 26, 1950


JAMA. 1950;143(17):1490-1491. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910520032015

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Mandatory Military Calls for Physicians  Announcement by Selective Service that 50,000 more draftees will be inducted into the Army in November suggests that other mandatory calls for military physicians may be expected. In connection with this call, the Selective Service director, Major Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, observed, "You don't have to be a prophet to see that we're running at the rate of about 50,000 a month."Regarding the requirements for additional medical men, an Army spokesman said: "It was made plain that our call for 734 reserve medical officers (August 11) was an initial call. We have said that these were to meet our immediate requirements. Obviously we will have to meet our future requirements as they develop. These 50,000 men General Hershey is talking about will represent a demand on us at some time in the future for more medical officers."Although this spokesman declined to apply a

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