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July 21, 1917


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Portland, Ore.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):228. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300068026

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To the Editor:  —There is a question highly interesting to a considerable number of medical students who blindly followed the advice given a few months ago by the surgeon-general, namely, to stay in school, resting assured that by doing so they would be best serving their country. But the time is now very near when the draft is to be put into operation and the only attention shown the medical student, which had any authority behind it, was the vague and unsatisfactory statement of the surgeon-general published in The Journal, July 7. The medical students of this and other cities want to know exactly where they stand and want to know soon.It would be most unjust if the government, which advised the men to stay in medical school, thus losing their chances of obtaining commissions, should draft them without at least giving them an opportunity of enlisting in their

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