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September 2, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(1):48-49. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920010050014

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Hearings on Draft Legislation  Senate hearings on doctor-draft legislation (S. 4029) confirmed that the general purpose of the bill had widespread support but that important differences of opinion existed on details. Furthermore, witnesses were far from agreement on how physicians should be apportioned on a civilian-military basis, as well as on the question of what federal agency if any should be given authority to enforce allocation.The bill under discussion, like a number of House bills on the same subject, provided for drafting of physicians by categories, with former ASTP and V-12 students scheduled for first induction calls. It provoked discussion of the broader issue of civilian versus military requirements because it proposed a National Specialists Category Advisory Board to advise in selection of physicians for military service. One question was whether this advisory board should concern itself with civilianmilitary allocations or whether another body with greater authority should be

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