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The medical departments of our armed forces, and particularly the Army, confront a crisis. The new Selective Service Act has established a peacetime army and air force at approximately five times the size of the prewar military establishment. Estimates indicate that they must have 4,000 more doctors by June 1949. However, possible economies may diminish this need slightly. None of the physicians needed is obligated by any existing law to volunteer or to serve in the armed forces. The special need of the armed forces, as pointed out by Surgeon General R. W. Bliss in this issue of The Journal, is its requirement for specialists. Today in many of our leading Army hospitals abroad young men who have hardly had an adequate residency are in full charge of medical, surgical, obstetrical and other highly specialized departments.
The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association established the Council on National
DOCTORS FOR THE ARMY. JAMA. 1948;138(4):296–297. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900040040008
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