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April 17, 1943


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483 Beacon Street, Boston.

JAMA. 1943;121(16):1304. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840160054019

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To the Editor:—  The editorial entitled "Physicians Must Volunteer from Large Cities" in the March 27 issue of The Journal states that "the responsibility" for the lagging in procurement of medical officers "rests unquestionably on the failure of young available physicians in the large cities of the country, particularly those of the eastern seaboard, to volunteer," and for a solution recommends "the pressure of public opinion."But why are available physicians from the cities not volunteering? These men are no less patriotic than their country cousins and are just as eager to do their part. They resent, however, the fact that many physicians within the draft age are considered "essential" for hospital work, part time teaching, part time research or part time industrial work, an arrangement which permits these men to continue their private practice. The others feel that their obligations and family responsibilities are as great as those of

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