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October 7, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(6):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060032017

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Physicians in Service  Slow-moving machinery of the doctor-draft law has not yet solved the Army's medical manpower problems. A full month after enactment of the law the Army was forced to order up 130 medical reserves, mostly veterans of World War II and the very group the law was designed to keep out of uniform at the present time. Approximately 90 per cent of the 130 are captains, with the other 10 per cent made up of selected specialists of higher rank. An Army spokesman said they are fairly well distributed geographically but that this call has not been broken down into Army area quotas.Men to be called now do not represent an over-all increase. Instead, they will count against Army area quotas announced in August, when a call was issued for 734 physicians to be in uniform by mid-October. Only two weeks ago the Army said it had

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