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These three volumes deal with the record of physical examinations in connection with Selective Service registrants. Volume I contains the text and two appendixes. Volume II is an appendix devoted to the various memoranda and articles governing the procedure of the physical examination of draftees. Volume III is an appendix containing the statistical tables.
Many months of study could be devoted to the details in these publications. The principal significance of these figures at this time is the use made of the alleged percentages of rejections to support of the claim that they reflect a deplorable state of the nation's health. This argument should be settled once and for all by a quotation from these official publications by the United States Government and over the signature of Major General Lewis B. Hershey, Director of the Selective Service System:
In the light of the preceding statements, it is evident that the
Physical Examination of Selective Service Registrants. Special Monograph No. 15. Volume I: Text [Appendices A-C]. Volume II: Appendices D-E. Volume III: Appendix F. JAMA. 1949;139(18):1301. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900350063026