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November 17, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(20):1697. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590470037012

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What will become of the kiddies and their mother if I am killed? What will become of them and me if I am permanently disabled? As between my country and my dependent family, where does my duty lie at this stage of the present emergency? These are questions that have bothered many of the medical men and others who have responded to the call to the colors, and the absence of a satisfactory answer has prevented a considerable number from responding. The soldiers' and sailors' insurance act, passed by Congress, Oct. 6, 1917, and the regulations promulgated, October 15, under authority of that act, concerning governmental insurance, will encourage those who have already entered the service, and will doubtless impel many to enter who have been in doubt as to the line of duty.

The act guarantees to every medical officer (or in event of his death then to his

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