Mobilization and National Health Needs
Strength of the United States armed services is scheduled to rise to 3,500,000 by mid-1951. A military force of that size will require 13,000 doctors, 6,500 dentists, 16,000 nurses. These are the estimates of the Department of Defense which has authority to call on Selective Service for doctors, dentists and allied specialists if its requirements are not filled through volunteering.
The number of medical men needed for the armed force in immediate projection represents something over eight per cent of all doctors and dentists now in active practice in the United States. The very much larger number that will be needed if the country goes into full mobilization raises the problem of how military requirements can best be met without creating ...