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March 20, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(12):891-892. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670380081034

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To the Editor:  —In the editorial (The Journal, January 23, p. 278) entitled "The Trend of Veterans' Relief Legislation: State Medicine," the following sentence conveys a bad impression and should be modified: "The rewards of government service are not now generally such as to attract the type of men who seek to become physicians or to hold them after they have once entered the service."That the government services do not offer a favorable field for the professional money maker is admitted. It is not, however, admitted that "men who seek to become physicians" are not attracted to the navy (I speak for that branch of government service only) by the guaranteed (if too small) salary; by the opportunity for doing scientific work; by the generously supplied equipment; by the opportunity for travel, with its professional and cultural advantages; by the opportunity to do postgraduate work at government expense at

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