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August 23, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(8):623-627. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820340045014


V. A UNIVERSITY PROGRAM TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR MILITARY SERVICE  RUTH E. BOYNTON, M.D.ANDHAROLD S. DIEHL, M.D.MINNEAPOLISThe administration of the University of Minnesota believes that higher educational institutions have not only an opportunity but also an obligation to prepare their students for the parts which they will be called on to play in the national defense program. University departments concerned with health, physical fitness and recreation are in a position to utilize their resources in equipment, buildings and personnel to render a special service to the men who will be selected for military training. With this in mind, during the spring quarter of 1941 an experimental program was planned and carried out for the prehabilitation of university students registered under the Selective Training law.This program consisted of (1) registration of all men in the university to determine their status in regard to Selective Service, (2) a complete medical examination according to the physical standards of the Selective Service Act, (3) an examination to determine the physical strength and endurance of these students, (4) a written examination to give information of the recreational

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