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May 4, 1918


Author Affiliations

Major, M. R. C., Washington, D. C. Medical Aide to the Provost Marshal-General.

JAMA. 1918;70(18):1324. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600180052020

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To the Editor:  —May I address through The Journal, particularly the officers of constituent and component organizations of the American Medical Association? The necessity of securing an American army of physically efficient troops is of immediate fundamental importance to the United States. The initial steps toward this lie with and are dependent on the medical profession. The obligation is no longer limited to those appointed by governors to examine registrants, but has been, morally at least, imposed on the entire profession. It is axiomatic that our troops must be of finer fiber, stronger physique, better drilled and officered than an equal number of the enemy, that we may prevail. It therefore becomes the duty of every member of the American Medical Association to aid in securing soldiers of such physical stamina. In attaining this result the cooperation of physicians is confidently anticipated.I conceive it to be the duty of

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