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November 8, 1941

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JAMA. 1941;117(19):1629. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820450053018

THE CIVILIAN PHYSICIAN BECOMES AN ARMY OFFICER  A brief comment in the Lancet for September 13, in a section in which peripatetic correspondents express their views, calls attention to the great differences that exist between medical practice in civilian life and the type of practice sometimes required in the army. It serves also to emphasize the extent to which modern medical education fails to teach the kind of medical practice that can be used by a general practitioner in many of the circumstances in which he finds himself. The views were prompted by a series of lectures given by army officers and officials to a group composed of consultants, public health officials and a battalion of medical officers.The hospital officer instructed the hospital staffs to fill in the forms promptly and with due attention; the R. A. M. C. explained to the consultants the inner meaning of the