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October 6, 1917


Author Affiliations

Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army, Madison Barracks, N. Y.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(14):1193. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590410071024

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To the Editor:  —An editorial appeared in The Journal, Aug. 11, 1917, p. 474, concerning the selective draft of physicians. The New York State Committee of National Defense, Medical Section, after a most careful and exhaustive study, came to the conclusion that a classification of physicians in the United States should be made with selection of those whose age, physical condition, freedom from family obligation, etc., would make them available and desirable for Army service, such classification to exclude all those whose services were necessary in rural districts, hospitals, health departments and medical colleges, and that authority should be secured to furnish the former to the Army and to keep the latter at home.The first step in this plan was to send a petition to the Council of National Defense explaining the need and advantages of a selective draft. This petition was printed in The Journal, August 25, and

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