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February 28, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(9):630. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890260038014

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Feb. 26, 1948.

President Truman Announces Appointment of Dr. Scheele  As noted in The Journal last week, President Truman announced that Dr. Leonard A. Scheele, assistant surgeon general of the U. S. Public Health Service and director of the National Cancer Institute, has been appointed surgeon general. He will succeed Surgeon General Thomas Parran under the policy of the U. S. Public Health Service whereby the surgeon generalship is rotated to maintain high morale in the service. Dr. Parran will continue as this country's representative on the World Health Organization, and he will doubtless officiate to some extent as a representative at large of the service on world health matters. Oscar R. Ewing, federal security administrator, commented that "if you don't rotate the jobs you kill the ambition of men in the service." Appointment of Dr. Scheele conforms with the service's policy of avoiding

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