Medicine: Greetings for Doctors

Plagued by a doctor shortage as acute as that faced by many communities, the Pentagon last week asked the Selective Service System to reinstate the doctor draft that has been suspended for the past two years. Volunteer M.D.s have decreased by 40%, and despite the Viet Nam withdrawal, the armed forces need doctors to care for 2,900,000 men. Dr. Louis M. Rousselot, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health and Environment, has twice warned the U.S. medical community that it must provide volunteers or face conscription.

Scheduled to begin in July with a demand for 868 doctors, the call-up will affect physicians under...

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