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September 14, 1940

THE PHYSICIAN AND THE DRAFT

JAMA. 1940;115(11):936-937. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810370044013

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Abstract

The selective service act—usually called the conscription bill—has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and now goes to the Conference Committee for final decision on certain differences. No doubt by the end of the week this act will have been passed by both houses and will have been signed by the President. Immediately, no doubt, in the individual states some thousands of draft boards or exemption boards will be established, with each of which there will be associated a physician. Physicians are already being asked in many states to volunteer for service with these boards. It has been suggested that they will be willing to contribute their services now as so many thousands of them did in 1917-1918. At that time arrangements were made to pay on a per diem basis for the services of physicians only in counties where physicians could not be found to contribute the

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