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May 15, 1943


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Columbus, Ohio. Director, University Health Service, Ohio State University.

JAMA. 1943;122(3):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840200049020

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To the Editor:—  It was my privilege recently to visit one of the Navy preflight schools in which the emphasis is on indoctrination, certain phases of technical training, and physical fitness. At this school they have, in addition to the regular Navy line officers and a specially commissioned staff of physical education and athletic leaders, a remarkably fine medical and dental staff organization. These physicians and dentists are doing a splendid job in examination, surgery, care of injuries and illness, and guidance, as far as excuse from regular activity and class work for medical reasons is concerned. Infirmary and hospital facilities of an outstanding type are available and are being well used. In addition to the usual entrance medical examination, this medical group is administering a mass x-ray examination of the lungs by use of a 35 mm. film unit.The program at this preflight school at one time involved

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