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April 14, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(15):1010. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860150054019

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To the Editor:—  In the communication of Lieut. Israel Zeligman (MC), U.S.N.R., in The Journal, Dec. 30, 1944 he mentioned that the editorial in The Journal of October 28 entitled "Punishment for Venereal Disease in the Armed Services" was a misconception and left a wrong impression with the readers and then went on further to state that venereal disease was still considered as misconduct and a man had to make up for lost time due to a venereal disease.The interpretation given by the editor was correct and venereal disease is being classified as any other disease, as evidenced by the fact that it is considered in line of duty and is misconduct only if an individual fails to comply with existing regulations, requiring him to report and receive treatment for such disease. Lost time is not made up for any disease in line of duty unless proved to be

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