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October 21, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(8):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920080094017

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On September 30 an editorial in The Journal, "Defense Planning," enumerated the responsibilities of the Health Resources Advisory Committee of the National Security Resources Board and stated that this was "the first government agency ever established for coordination of all national health resources." The responsibilities of this committee have since been broadened. On October 4 the President announced that the committee will also serve as the National Advisory Committee, which, under the provisions of the draft law, "shall advise the Selective Service System and shall coordinate the work of such state and local volunteer advisory committees as may be established to cooperate with the National Advisory Committee, with respect to the selection of needed medical and dental and allied specialist categories of persons" for service with the armed forces. This is a logical extension of the responsibilities already assigned to the committee, which will enable it to coordinate all aspects

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