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June 9, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(6):445-447. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860230049017

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SURGEON GENERAL OUTLINES PERSONNEL RELEASE POLICY  Substantial releases of Army Medical Department personnel will not take place before the latter part of this year, Surg. Gen. Norman T. Kirk said in announcing a policy on discharges in conformity with War Department procedures. This is due to the fact that the peak of the Medical Department's activities will not be reached until fall.In formulating the policy, consideration was given to civilian needs for professional medical, dental and veterinary care without weakening military needs. Other factors considered were the length of time necessary for personnel to complete their work in the Mediterranean and European theaters and return to the United States; replacement of Medical Department personnel in active theaters by those who have not had overseas duty; necessity for the maintenance of a high standard of medical care; the heavy load of patients in the

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