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May 3, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(18):2059-2064. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180065014

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MEDICAL CIRCULAR NO. 1—REVISED  Selective Service System, Washington, D. C., May 1941.The purpose of this circular is to present to physicians of Selective Service, the great majority of whom are not psychiatrists by profession, methods whereby they may suspect the existence of incapacitating mental and personality factors in registrants coming before them and may either eliminate such individuals or refer them to the psychiatrist of the medical advisory board for examination.The military forces can use persons with many varieties of temperament and experience, but there is no place in an efficient army for the psychopath, the feebleminded or the insane. Many persons so unfortunately affected may do quite well in civil life, in accustomed jobs and in familiar circumstances, but when they are introduced into the unfamiliar environment of military life, with its necessary regimentation, close contact with other persons, separation from their families and

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