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October 12, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;115(15):1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410048019

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THE CONSERVATION OF MEDICAL RESOURCES  An uninterrupted supply of qualified doctors of medicine to meet the future demands of adequate national preparedness and the needs of the civilian population is vital to the future of our nation. The Committee on Medical Preparedness of the American Medical Association urged last July that preparation for the conscription of the man power of this country should include provision for the continuation of medical education of students in medical schools and of interns in approved institutions. The Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 does defer the conscription of students in schools but only until next July. Specific deferment is not provided for those who may be completing their medical training as interns or as residents. An amendment has now been proposed to the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 by Senator Murray of Montana in the form of a bill, S. 4396,

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