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September 4, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(1):78. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900010080016

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The Selective Service Act of 1948 renders liable for service in the armed forces men between 19 and 25 years of age, the age group from which the great majority of premedical and medical students are drawn. Fortunately the Act contains a provision which makes possible the deferment of medical and premedical students under rules and regulations which the President may prescribe.

There does not seem to be any question that the deferment of medical students and physicians in their first year of internship will be authorized. Selective Service officials have indicated that they recognize the importance of allowing a sufficient number of students to continue their premedical education so that the number of students and graduates will not be reduced in the years ahead. Representatives of the Selective Service System have conferred with those of the health professions on a plan for deferring preprofessional students. While the plan that

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