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July 30, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(13):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960130027014

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On June 28, 1955, the Congress again extended for another two years, with only slight amendment, the provision of the "Doctor-Draft" law. Congress reenacted this discriminatory law after one of its staunch supporters was forced to confess on the floor of the House that "it cannot be supported by reason and logic." How did this occur? So that every physician may see for himself, there is reproduced (except for minor parliamentary maneuvers) in this issue of The Journal (see page 1203), the section of the daily Congressional Record of June 28, 1955, reporting the House action.

No responsible source on either side of this question has ever suggested that anything less than the highest standard of medical care be provided for the armed forces. In addition, most persons would agree that there are two methods of obtaining an adequate number of properly qualified physicians to provide this care. Older physicians

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