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March 7, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(10):859-860. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770100107017

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On January 28 President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent the following letter to Surgeon General Hugh S. Cumming of the United States Public Health Service:

It was with great regret that I learned that the state of your health would no longer permit you to bear the heavy strain of your work as Surgeon General of the Public Health Service and that Secretary Morgenthau had therefore given approval to the findings of a medical board, convened at your request, which recommended that you be placed on waiting orders as of February first.

Your release from active duty marks the rounding out of a career in the public service which the American people can view with pride and admiration because of the honor you have brought to them as their faithful servant and benefactor. You, yourself, may view it with the most thorough satisfaction in a task well done.

I am happy

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