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February 28, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;136(9):629. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890260037013

SELECTIVE SERVICE STATISTICS  Before the senatorial committee hearing on proposed health legislation in Washington, D. C., and again at the recent meeting of the National Conference on Rural Health in Chicago, Dr. Maurice H. Friedman discussed the high incidence of medical defects noted in the selective service statistics. In many cases claims as to the need of extension of medical care based on these statistics have been unjustified. A workman falls into a machine and sustains a crushing injury of the arm; good medical and surgical care in this instance preserves his life, even though amputation becomes necessary. This patient eventually appears in selective service statistics as a medical defective. Patients may have perforated ear drums following incision of the drum for otitis media. In the presulfonamide, prepenicillin period, incision of the drum for drainage was good medical care. Cases of rheumatic heart disease, diabetes and thousands of other cases

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