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September 13, 1952


Author Affiliations

Consultant in Internal Medicine to the Surgeon General, U. S. Army 330 S. Ninth St. Philadelphia 7

JAMA. 1952;150(2):153. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680020087020

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To the Editor:  —Having spent the month of June (1952) making a consultant and teaching tour of the U. S. Army hospitals in Germany and Austria, it occurred to me that many of our profession would be interested in up-to-date observations of Army medicine in these countries. In contrast with my experiences in a similar tour in 1948, when practically all hospitals, with the exception of the two general hospitals, had as chiefs of medical service physicians who had just completed their internship, now, almost without exception, each physician on each medical service has had residency training. The incidence of physicians who have had only internship training will increase as the full effect of the policy of calling up physicians on completion of their internship is manifest. It is assumed that a sufficient number will be deferred for residency training to maintain a proper ratio of intern-trained and residency-trained physicians

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