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November 6, 1948


Author Affiliations

Director of Medicine, Long Island College of Medicine, Brooklyn.

JAMA. 1948;138(10):771. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100051020

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To the Editor:—  It seems to me that the needs for specialists, set forth in General Bliss's letter, could easily be met if the medical schools were to grant one year's leave of absence to all faculty members who were on essential lists during the war and these men served in appropriate posts in the Army during the next two years. In many cases they could be assigned to service installations within commuting distance of their homes, for at least half of their tours of duty, but all should be at least three months in the overseas installations.During the war many of us were surprised at the disqualification of medical applicants for trivial physical defects. I was asked to enter the Navy, by the late Commander Eric Liljencrantz, and was rejected for defective vision. My vision was tested, in about thirty seconds, by an enlisted man, but that settled

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