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September 22, 1917


Author Affiliations

Camp Upton, Yaphank, L. I., N. Y.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(12):1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590390073028

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To the Editor:  —As soon as the medical profession of the United States appreciates that no stigma is connected with a selective draft of physicians based on a previous careful classification, just so soon will genuine medical preparedness be realized in this country. The volunteer system is dead. Virile men will ever regret its passing, and yet it must be admitted that it was undemocratic and utterly inadequate. We are, as a people, slowly but surely coming to a realization that the right of suffrage is inalienably connected with the duty of national service, and that this service can only be economically and justly directed by the federal government. Only when there exists a willingness on the part of the individual to sink all personal dictates to the will of the federal government can a nation be said to have dedicated itself to a war.It is said that enough

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