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February 22, 1941

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;116(8):787-796. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820080127031

The Health of College Students and National Defense  RUTH E. BOYNTON, M.D.Director, University of Minnesota Students' Health ServiceMINNEAPOLISAt the time of our last annual meeting one year ago few if any of us had the vision to see the far-reaching effects which the European war would have on our American way of life. During these past twelve months we have witnessed in our country the passage of the first selective service law in peace time. The young men in the country have had their draft numbers assigned to them, and one group has already been called to military service.The first hurdle to be passed by these young men called for army service is the physical examination. In 1917 and 1918 the United States Army rejected as physically unfit approximately 30 per cent of the young men who were drafted for military service. The question which is