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June 9, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(6):448-451. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860230052018

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)June 4, 1945.

Congress Favors Bill to Create Veterans Medical Department  Both sides of the House are favorably disposed toward the proposed Veterans Administration reorganization which would establish a bureau of medicine and surgery within the agency, having independent status similar to the Army and Navy Medical Corps. In fact, both Republicans and Democrats claim credit for the idea. Democratic Representative Rankin, who introduced a bill which Representative Rogers, Republican of Massachusetts, said she "had been working on for months," said the measure would give the Veterans Administration power to replace "undesirable" members of its present medical and nursing staffs.Veterans Administrator Hines has submitted for approval of the Federal Board of Hospitalization what he describes as "the greatest hospital construction program ever undertaken by the administration." He said that it contemplates either construction of or additions to seventy-three facilities located in all parts

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