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September 21, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(12):995-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600380058022

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To the Editor:  —I wish to thank you for the information concerning the Volunteer Medical Service Corps. I do not like the methods pursued. The circular letter received with the application blank was an imperative one, saying. "Sign this and return at once." Another thing that has crept in is the signing of this blank by men over age not acceptable under any circumstances, and to put the very few like myself who did not sign the blank in a "slacker" minority. This, with the newspaper publicity, makes conditions both trying and embarrassing. I resent being put in a situation whereby those who are too old or physically incapacitated who can flaunt a button and use it as a whip to compel me to do something that, as you say, is "of indefinite and undeterminate value to the welfare of the nation." I do not approve of stampede

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