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JAMA Revisited
March 27, 2018

Legislation for Increased Rank for Medical Officers

JAMA. 2018;319(12):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12303

Originally Published March 30, 1918 | JAMA. 1918;70(13):926.

On several occasions The Journal has emphasized the importance of legislation for increased rank and authority for officers of the Medical Reserve Corps. Specifically it has urged enactment of the recently introduced Owen-Dyer Bill. It has been suggested that modification of this bill would be necessary to secure its passage, but that such modification need not be serious. In any event, some such legislation is not only desirable, but also vitally necessary if common justice is to be rendered to the Medical Reserve Corps, and if the best results are to be achieved by the Medical Department. Apparently the only active opposition thus far has come from the general staff and the Secretary of War. If the newspapers of the country mirror public opinion, certainly the public is in favor of this legislation.