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Basil E. Barton, M.D.; Albert Ehrenfried, M.D.; David Halbersleben, M.D.; Dean S. Luce, M.D.; Philip S. Foisie, M.D.; George W. Papen, M.D.; Louis A. Sieracki, M.D.; Carl Bearse, M.D.; Edward C. Smith, M.D.
JAMA. 1951;146(10):958. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670100078031.
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To the Editor:  —The Army informed the Washington office of the American Medical Association that one out of an estimated 3,000 ASTP physicians with no active military service had volunteered for active duty by the end of August, 1950 (A. M. A. Capitol Clinic No. 34, Sept. 5, 1950). A reliable source of information indicates that by early April, 1951, only half the physicians in the United States in categories 1 and 2, registered last October under the professional men's draft law of September, 1950, had agreed to accept a commission and be available without protest for active duty in the armed forces. Such evidence of the lack of a feeling of a very personal, individual, and immediate sense of responsibility for the care of the members of the armed forces who protect us from ruthless aggressors is a matter of grave concern. This is over and above the annoyance


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