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November 11, 1944

MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AND WAR PRODUCTION

JAMA. 1944;126(11):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850460036009
Abstract

In recent years medical certificates have been required for fuel and food rationing, public health disease prevention programs, food handler control, marriage laws, school regulations and sickness insurance.1 The good name of the medical profession is sometimes jeopardized by too lenient compliance with appeals for certificates from patients who often have little or no real basis for requesting them. This problem is now especially concerned in present efforts to use limited manpower to its fullest extent in war industries.

Production of munitions would be far from completed even if Germany should capitulate this month. According to War Department announcements, production of heavy trucks, large shells, bombs, rockets, smokeless powder, heavy duty tires, superbombers and large artillery is behind schedule for 1944. These activities must be continued for many months to come if urgent orders from overseas are to be met. The major problem in the production of these critical

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