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December 13, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(24):2074. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500056014

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On December 7 the Japanese attacked the United States. On December 8 the President declared a state of war between Japan and the United States; both the Congress and the Senate of the United States adopted resolutions supporting the action of the President. The mustering of the forces of the United States to meet this attack and to carry on warfare to absolute victory places an immediate and tremendous responsibility on the medical profession. By the time this editorial appears, the Selective Service will, no doubt, have intensified its activities to call an additional half million, if not a million, men. For every thousand men called into service, at least six physicians are required.

Fortunately the medical profession has been alert. Since June 1940 the medical profession has been intensively engaged in standardization of military medical procedures, encouragement and promotion of scientific military medical research and enrolment of medical personnel.

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