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January 4, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(1):54-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820010056015

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The first official statistics on the results of examination of young men coming before the Selective Service Boards are now available in a statement sent to the Director of Selective Service for New York City by Col. Samuel J. Kopetzky, chief of the medical division. The total number of registrants examined by 120 local boards was 1,643. Of these 1,213 were accepted for general military service and 430 were rejected or marked "fit for limited duty only." Among the causes for rejection, 26 were for underweight, 11 for over-weight, 2 for deficient height; defective vision was the primary cause of 74 rejections, diseases of the heart for 66, 28 for infantile paralysis. Whereas only 6 men were rejected because of syphilis, there were 90 men who gave a positive reaction to the Wassermann test, which caused these men to be deferred until they could be reexamined. Again the leading cause

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