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August 17, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(7):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600330065016

The proposed Selective Service Law, if the age limit is raised to 45, will affect 75,000 physicians. The bill as introduced by Senator Chamberlain and Mr. Dent, August 5, makes no mention of physicians as a class; there is nothing to indicate that a physician will be treated differently from any other man. Such speculation as has been made on the subject, and it would fill reams of paper, has concerned itself chiefly with the views advanced by Secretary Baker, Provost Marshal-General Crowder and Chief of Staff Peyton March. As stated by Secretary Baker, it is desired to prevent "the disruption of the industry of the country and the impairment of the efficiency of the various governmental agencies which would feel the indiscriminate enlistment of men up to the age of 45."

It has been suggested that the new law will provide for the utilization of the man power of