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May 3, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(18):2056-2057. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180062011

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Notwithstanding the hearings that have been held before the Senate Committee on Military Affairs and the interest taken by innumerable agencies, official action has not yet been taken which will with any certainty insure the deferment of medical students and interns from acceptable medical schools and hospitals. From time to time the Committee on Medical Preparedness of the American Medical Association has sent resolutions to officials of the United States Army and of the Selective Service, urging some positive action. Now a general memorandum has been issued by the National Headquarters of the Selective Service System, directed to all state directors. It emphasizes the fact that the proper classification of students and other registrants in training or preparation constitutes one of the major problems of the Selective Service System. Deferment of students as a group expires on July 1. Prior to that date it will be necessary for local boards

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