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November 29, 1947

Current Comment

JAMA. 1947;135(13):841-842. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130031015

EMPLOYABILITY OF PROSPECTIVE WORKERS  Many of those who write on the Selective Service statistics moan over the deplorable state of health in which the population of the United States found itself during World War II. They point to the large numbers of draft rejectees as a weighty health problem. A similar alarm was sounded during and immediately after World War I when young men were subjected to the physical tests of that period in order to be qualified for military service. The records show actually that the past quarter century has witnessed the greatest health progress of all time. Dr. Jean Spencer Felton,1 who has reviewed the records of over ten thousand preplacement physical examinations in a wartime industry, points out that the most important quality possessed by these men was specifically their employability. Insufficient emphasis was laid on the worth of the men as capable workers in industry. The

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