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October 15, 1982

Boredom in War

Author Affiliations

Boston University Medical Center

JAMA. 1982;248(15):1832. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330150026007

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To the Editor.—  I refer to Dr Foraker's editorial entitled "Home Is the Sailor" (1982;247:2710).Although I spent six rewarding years as a Navy physician, I am happy to confess that, like Dr Foraker's friends, I never had to face battle; nobody ever shot at me. Perhaps, therefore, Dr Foraker will feel it out of place for me to take exception to some of his complaints.He thought it was boring and a waste of time to be on ships in his country's defense in the most threatening war of history. That boredom was forced on millions of young men in those years who did not have the opportunities nor the wherewithal to become physicians. I doubt that those who had the good fortune to become physicians should deserve a waiver from such boredom. As to his duty being a "waste of time," I suspect he has only himself to