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July 7, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(10):1001. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970100067018

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To the Editor:—  I have read, with great interest, the article "The Civilian Doctor and Our Future Security," by Dr. Isador Ravdin (159:1109 [Nov. 12] 1955); the letter to the Editor by Lieut. Robert Hahn and Lieut. John Raffensperger, M.C., U. S. N. R. (160:899 [March 10] 1956); and, in addition, the various replies by other correspondents to the letter written by the latter doctors. In the main, the various letters that have been published have been written by Naval Reserve medical officers not on inactive duty. I feel that some comment from a former medical officer in the regular Navy would be of interest to all doctors. I spent almost seven years in the regular Navy, that is from 1947 until 1954, at which time I was forced to resign my commission chiefly because of inadequate pay. During this period of seven years, I received residency training of

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