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May 21, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(3):191. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030041013

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With both the "Doctor-Draft" act and the $100 monthly equalization pay scheduled to expire at the end of June congressional attention has again been focused on the medical manpower problems of the armed forces. The testimony that was presented to the House Committee on Armed Services in connection with bills to extend both laws appears in this issue of The Journal (page 193). The doctor draft is, of course, only a part of the entire question of the federal role in medical matters. In this connection attention is invited to the comparison between the recommendations made by the Hoover commission task force on medical services and the report of the commission, which appears on page 196 of this issue.

While the "Doctor-Draft" law was necessary as a temporary means of equitably supplying physicians for military service during the Korean conflict, its continued utilization as the primary source of medical manpower

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