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August 12, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(15):1045-1047. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850330043015

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DEFERMENT OF PREMEDICAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS  Following is the reply of Major General Hershey, Director of the Selective Service System, to a memorandum submitted to him by Senator Lucas of Illinois, and comments on General Hershey's letter by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association:

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM  21st Street and C Street NW.Washington 25, D. C.July 24, 1944.The Honorable Scott W. Lucas,United States Senate.Dear Senator Lucas:This will acknowledge your memorandum of July 15, 1944.A survey made at this Headquarters indicates that there is undue concern over the future supply of doctors. The military forces demand medical attendance out of proportion to that demanded by the civilian population, and, during this period of emergency, civilian medical attendance, like everything else, must be limited to necessity. After the war there will be an adequate number of physicians,

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