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MEDICAL PROBLEMS OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
MAJOR GENERAL PAUL R. HAWLEY
In undertaking the reorganization of the Medical Service of the Veterans Administration, the Acting Surgeon General is anxious to have the approval and support of the medical profession; only in this way can the program succeed.While, so far as the patient is concerned, medical care is one complete function, it must be divided administratively into his hospitalization and his outpatient treatment. In the majority of cases, perhaps, complete medical care is furnished by outpatient treatment; but there are many other cases in which outpatient treatment is either preliminary to hospitalization or supplements the care given in hospitals.It is impossible to undertake the medical care of the veteran with a permanent, full time, paid corps of medical persons. That was tried when the proportion of doctors among the population was higher than it is now and perhaps
MEDICINE AND THE WAR. JAMA. 1945;129(7):521–522. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860410037014
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