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Uncertainty over how the federal government will solve its medical manpower problems during the emergency is almost ended. From now on all physicians not on active military duty can look toward Dr. Howard A. Rusk's advisory committee (editorial on Defense Planning, The Journal, Sept. 30, p. 395) for most of the answers. In making this committee responsible for advising National Selective Service on selection of physicians for the draft, President Truman took unusual action; Dr. Rusk's committee, already playing a dominant role in civil defense planning, now becomes the most important civilian group concerned with the procurement of military physicians.As Health Resources Advisory Committee of the National Security Resources Board, this group of eight has a wide range of responsibilities in the field of civil defense. For one thing, it is the only federal agency in a position to balance civilian against military medical demands in the
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1950;144(7):554. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070042016