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April 20, 1918


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1918;70(16):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600160054022

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To the Editor.  —A new call for medical men for the Army has gone forth. There are many physicians who are over the age limit and yet who are able to do much work; there are others who have some slight physical defect, others who are financially unable to enlist, and finally a large class of medical teachers, who are practically the cream of the profession, and yet who are urgently needed for the training of medical students. Near many of the cantonments and camps are great medical centers or large cities, and from these a large number of physicians could be recruited for half-time medical work; they could supervise much of the work in the Army camps just as they do in civilian hospitals. Therefore would it not be wise to appoint some of these men, including specialists, as contract surgeons to give a certain proportion of their time

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