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November 2, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(18):1548. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810440040010

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In the section of The Journal devoted to medicalmilitary preparedness in this issue appears an abstract of the standards which have been adopted to guide the physicians who will be associated with local selective service boards and medical advisory boards and also the specialists who will be associated with the induction boards. The manual is essentially the same for all of these groups. Every physician will find it informative to study carefully these standards, bearing in mind that the purpose is to select men capable of undergoing military training and not essentially an inventory throughout the nation of the health of men from 21 to 35 years of age.

In the selective service of 1917 each of the young men who appeared before a local board was given a physical examination. Under the present system only those men will be physically examined who have been found suitable for training after

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