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March 5, 1949

Current Comment

JAMA. 1949;139(10):650. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900270034011

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THE NEED FOR MEDICAL OFFICERS  The armed forces must have medical officers. A decision will be made as to whether physicians trained under the A.S.T.P. and V-12 programs who have had little or no military duty are to be drafted or will volunteer for service. An all out campaign has been started by the armed services and by the American Medical Association to obtain the 2,200 physicians needed for replacements during the remainder of this year. An equal number of A.S.T.P. and V-12 graduates will complete two years of active duty and be discharged during the same period. On page 651 of this issue of The Journal appears a statement by Secretary Forrestal. The medical officer requirements of the medical departments of the Army and Navy have been carefully scrutinized by the Armed Forces Medical Advisory Committee and are accepted by that committee as valid. Continuing study will be made

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