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September 20, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(3):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890030035015

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TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND TO FORMER MEDICAL OFFICERS OF THE ARMY  R. W. Bliss, Major General, the Surgeon GeneralI am using this means of communication to acquaint you with the changes which have been made in the Medical Department of the United States Army since the war and to invite you to continue your interest in the department.The Armed Services must be supplied in peacetime as well as in wartime with superior medical service. To accomplish this we must have a reasonable number of medical officers in our Regular Army Medical Corps. Our immediate goal is three thousand regular medical officers to furnish care for approximately one and one-half million persons. We are presently far short of this goal. The doctors who must be obtained to make up our present deficit must be

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