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July 21, 1917


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Cheraw, S. C.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):228. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300068028

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To the Editor:  —This age, especially in the midst of a world war, demands the greatest individual efficiency. The slaughter of human lives puts man-power at its highest value. Physicians cannot be made in a day. The nation must preserve those now qualified and use them in such manner as will render most efficient service in maintaining its greatest asset, the life and health of its citizens. It is said that with 140,000 physicians in the United States, only half that number would be acceptable for army service, even then making no provision for the care of patients at home—the man left without his physician at a time when disease runs rampant amid the turmoil of war.It becomes necessary, first, to organize the medical service at home; secondly, to systematize its work, and thirdly, to relieve the strain on the physician himself. This brings to us the remedy—the home

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