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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):95. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010097027

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To the Editor:—  I find it impossible to let the recent joint letter of Drs. Raffensperger and Hahn (J.A.M.A.160:899 [March 10] 1956), relating to naval medical service, pass without rebuttal. As a reserve medical officer about to return to civilian practice after 33 months of active duty with forces afloat, I feel qualified to answer the wholly unsubstantiated charges made; and seven years of unlimited rural general practice prior to this tour of duty give me some perspective in a comparison of service and civilian medical practice. The allegations of Drs. Raffensperger and Hahn run roughly to the effect that the naval medical service is constituted of a malevolent oligarchy, headed by incompetents who devote their energies to the frustration of an overstaffed group of perfectly trained junior physicians, with an end-result I have been of dispensary and shipboard of therapeutic chaos and general dissatisfaction in the ranks

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