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To the Editor:—
"Social In-Security—The Trap Awaiting the Young M.D." by Webster and Coffey in the Sept. 15 issue of The Journal, page 231, is a very interesting and provocative article. However, there are a couple of questions and circumstances the authors do not cover. For example, they omit mention of the credit allowed for military service. There are more than a few medical reservists who were called to active duty as much as 18 months before Pearl Harbor, served six years, and then another two during the Korean conflict. This equals eight years' maximum premiums under social security that the ex-service man receives gratis. Medical Economics, Inc., published a report of a survey of physicians in which the doctors, by a slight majority, did not favor compulsory social security legislation. However, among psychiatrists 64% favored the measure. More than 90% of psychiatrists are full-time or part-time government employees and,
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