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May 8, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;137(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890360030012

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THE PROPOSED DRAFTING OF PHYSICIANS  The Council on National Emergency Medical Service, after considering the proposed drafting of physicians in connection with the reactivation of selective service, announces that it opposes any legislation that singles out doctors of medicine as a separate group from their fellow citizens for registration, draft, induction or selection for duty with the armed forces of our country. The Council strongly urges immediate establishment of a civilian medical board at the highest level of government, such as a functioning agency of the National Security Resources Board, to be responsible for the policies and programs required for the medical, health and sanitary services of the civilian population, of industry, of agriculture and of the armed forces in time of emergency or national mobilization. In time of a national emergency as differentiated from the current proposed expansion of the armed services, the Council recommends the establishment of the

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