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October 13, 1917


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Springfield, Mass.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1290-1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590420082028

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To the Editor:  —In the midst of the urgent appeals on the one hand for more physicians for the Army, and on the other hand the equally urgent appeals not to weaken our medical forces at home, I am moved to ask why the women physicians are not being utilized to fill in the broken ranks and to prevent in a large measure the crippling of our hospitals.The need for physicians that exists in the warring countries makes its appeal to every man of red blood: and to every woman too. But the men can respond by going; the women cannot.The war office in Washington refuses the women passports, refuses the offers of well-equipped units, refuses at every turn to avail the government of their services in any way, so that the fact that our medical women are not allowed to take part in the defense of their

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