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August 14, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(16):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840330072009

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The medical students of the United States, almost all of whom have Army or Navy affiliations, are soldiers and seamen in medical school. They swell the numbers of uniformed men assigned to colleges and universities to pursue a wide variety of studies in preparation for special military duties. In one important respect, medical students will differ from most of their campus mates in uniform. Essentially they will be following the same curriculum and will receive the same degree for the same work as in peacetime. The Army and Navy have recognized that the wartime task of medical schools is the training of physicians and that this task, even as it pertains to the production of medical officers, can best be accomplished by a continuation of the well established medical program. The major change is acceleration; this was inaugurated even before Pearl Harbor and eliminates from the medical curriculum little except

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