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July 28, 1945

THE PHYSICIAN AND THE SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM

JAMA. 1945;128(13):973. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860300063023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In retiring from Selective Service, after serving as chief of the Medical Division during the last four and one-half years, I have received literally dozens of letters complimenting us on what has been accomplished. Most of these letters, I note, came from physicians. In reading them and in thinking over the situation, it seems to me that the shoe really should be placed on the other foot. Hence I am writing to express the gratitude of the Medical Division of Selective Service to the 35,000 doctors and 10,000 dentists who have contributed so liberally of their time, effort and skill in handling the medical problems of the registrants.No other group of people in the nation have given more liberally of themselves in the war than have these professional people. That was the opinion expressed by the late President Roosevelt at one of his wartime conferences.The

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