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March 10, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(10):899. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960450081022

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To the Editor:—  The Journal, alerted to the dangers facing American medicine, has aroused in us a keen interest in everything that affects the future practice of our chosen profession. For this reason, we cannot allow the article "The Civilian Doctor and Our Future Security," by Dr. Isador Ravdin (159: 1109 [Nov. 12] 1955), to go unchallenged. We are voluntarily serving our tour of duty with the armed forces and are presently assigned to an aircraft carrier with the Pacific fleet. Our experience in the Navy medical department has convinced us, quite as much as Dr. Ravdin is convinced, that a solution of the problems facing military medicine must be found. We are not convinced, though, that he, or many of the other leaders in military medicine, is aware of the real reasons why these problems exist. From discussions with medical officers in other branches of the service, we have

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