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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):95. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010097026

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To the Editor:—  I am writing this letter in answer to the neophytes of naval medicine, Lieutenants Raffensperger and Hahn, whose letter appeared in The Journal, March 10, 1956, page 899. I was separated from the naval medical service one year ago, after having been recalled to active duty. At the time of my recall I was bitter, but my views of naval medicine are contrary to those expressed by the two lieutenants. I am a certified specialist but spent more than half my active duty time at sea with the Military Sea Transportation Service; the remainder of my tour of duty was spent at the St. Albans Naval Hospital. Other certified specialists were also assigned to sea duty, but, at the time, specialists were plentiful. While on active duty, I never found the Navy Medical Corps overstaffed with doctors; in fact, a few more were needed. At the St.

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