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To the Editor:—
The letter "Physicians in Service," which appeared in The Journal (160:899 [March 10] 1956), should not go unchallenged, particularly that portion that criticizes the career armed forces medical officers as the "eight hour men of the medical corps with a lackadaisical attitude toward the practice of medicine." I recently completed a 36-month tour in the Army as a "voluntary reserve." Thirty months of this was spent in the Far East command—ample time to make a few observations in just one command, but still from a little larger viewpoint than a "carrier." The so-called 4:30 club that conventionally met at the officers' club certainly always had its share of "voluntary reserve medical officers" who continually complained of the money they were losing by being in the service, or of the "slip-shod" manner of military medicine when they had hurriedly left the hospital for the club, leaving
Beattie AS. PHYSICIANS IN SERVICE. JAMA. 1956;161(3):269. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030087022