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May 5, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(1):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180033012

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The Ellender bill, which provides for an adequate supply of premedical and medical students, was published in full in The Journal March 10, 1945. In the course of the Senate debate on the continuation of the Selective Service Act this bill was presented on the floor of the Senate by Senator Allen J. Ellender of Louisiana on Tuesday, April 24. He stated: "Mr. President, I consider the amendment a must measure. I think that it is absolutely necessary that provision be made now so that our medical colleges throughout the country may obtain students and train them properly in medicine and dentistry." In support of the measure Senator Ellender cited pertinent figures and read a strong supporting statement from the War Manpower Commission.

Mr. Ellender was questioned as to the reason for the Senate Committee on Military Affairs not having acted on this bill in the two months since its

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