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June 5, 1943


Author Affiliations

Brooklyn. Chief Medical Examiner, Sperry Gyroscope Company, Inc.

JAMA. 1943;122(6):395. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840230047017

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To the Editor:—  There is at present a great deal of justified comment on the widespread problem of absenteeism in war industry. A number of clear studies have demonstrated that the question is not simple and demands an attack from many different sides, a very important one being the rejuvenation of the workers' sense of pride and responsibility.There is, however, one phase of this inquiry, relatively small yet important, which is generally overlooked and which can be handled, in large measure, by the family physician. Briefly stated, the real contribution he can make is to take a just, firm stand on requests for "certification."These requests fall roughly into three types, which I will describe in the order of their importance:Request for leave of absence because of illness: The generous family physician too often recommends long holidays for minor disorders. A recent example comes to mind. A young

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