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January 19, 1918


Author Affiliations

Medical Member, District Appeal Board CHICAGO

JAMA. 1918;70(3):157-162. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010030004010

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When the first draft started, it was entirely a new experience to the people of this country. The rules and regulations were so drawn as to place the carrying out of the provisions of the act in the hands of the people; in fact, the act itself forbade any one connected with the military establishment to have anything to do with the execution of the draft. The personnel of the boards, local and district, was made up of civilians, both lay and professional, none of whom had had any experience in the selection of men for the Army. Practically all of the members of the boards labored under the disadvantage of having no opportunity to acquaint themselves with the work to be done until they were appointed to the positions and ordered to proceed at once with the draft. It is no wonder, then, that things did not go at

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