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May 10, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(19):2171-2174. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820190047015

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SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM ACTS TO DEFER MEDICAL STUDENTS AND INTERNS  To meet a "growing national shortage of physicians and surgeons," reported by the Office of Production Management, a policy of deferment from military training of individual medical students "who give reasonable promise of becoming acceptable medical doctors" was proclaimed, March 4, by Brig. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, deputy director of Selective Service. These deferments should be continued in each case as long as the student is progressing satisfactorily, he said.General Hershey's memorandum, which summarizes the report of the OPM, was sent to all state Selective Service directors for communication to their local boards. It stresses the OPM statement that the shortage of physicians and surgeons affects both the nation's armed forces and the civilian population and that the utmost care must be exercised to meet both needs.Local boards are urged to see that, while no practicing physician

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