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March 27, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(13):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840130106012

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At a recent meeting in Washington of the Directing Board of the Procurement and Assignment Service for Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians with the Officer Procurement Service of the United States Army and with representatives of other governmental agencies, evidence was clearly set forth that the procurement of medical officers for the armed forces is lagging. The responsibility rests unquestionably on the failure of young available physicians in the large cities of the country, particularly those of the eastern seaboard, to volunteer. Officers of the medical societies of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut were present and the situation was placed before them. The rural areas of the United States have contributed doctors not only up to such quotas as were assigned to them but in many instances well beyond these quotas; it is simply impossible to anticipate that they will make a further contribution at this time. In the meantime, New

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