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September 15, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(3):190-193. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860370012003

Adequate and specific medical care for the returning veteran is now a need in every American community, especially in smaller or suburban areas. It must be recognized as an increasing problem, for the medical profession will be faced with it more and more in the next few years. Professional interest must be kindled, because the major solution should be inspired and implemented by personal activity of the general physician, not only to provide the best health protection for our soldiers who will be returning to each community with their scars of physical and mental wounds, but also to insure the continuing prestige of the general practitioner. If the members of our recognized medical societies are not ready to carry on with this challenge, they will find themselves shunted to one side by some group who will appear to meet it. As there are psychiatric aspects to be considered, some suggestions