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November 23, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(21):1744-1745. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600470042015

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At the time the United States entered the world war and until a few months ago, there were grounds for the belief that the war might extend over an indefinite number of years. That, indeed, was the only safe assumption the government could take in its plans for carrying on the war. Following the extension of the selective service regulations to include practically all men of college age, units of the Students' Army Training Corps were established in the approved colleges of arts and sciences. Later the War Department decided to establish such units also in the well recognized medical schools. Medical students were already enrolled in the Medical Enlisted Reserve Corps and were exempted from the draft, but were now ordered to be inducted into active service in the Students' Army Training Corps. The medical schools began at once to carry out the orders and to provide barracks, mess,

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