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March 10, 1917

Practices of Reserve Medical Officers in Time of War

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Washington, D. C. (For the Surgeon General.)

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(10):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030130029

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To the Editor:  —Should the country ever be engaged in war, the Medical Department of the Army, in calling reserve officers to the colors, wishes to cause as little hardship and sacrifice to the reserve medical officers as may be consistent with the needs of the country. With this end in view, the department desires that you bring to the attention of the profession at large the necessity of the city, county and state medical societies organizing for the purpose of taking care of the practices of the officers of the reserve who respond to a call for service. In England this plan has proved of great benefit. The idea of the department is that the profession should organize on a similar basis.For example, should Dr. Jones be called to the colors, the local medical society, through its members, would take care of his practice during his absence. On

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