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A national medical school fashioned along the lines of the nation's major service academies was proposed here Sunday night by. Louisiana Congressman F. Edward Hebert, The school would be situated in the Washington, D. C. area and would be adjacent to the medical complex made up of the Walter Reed medical center, the Naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., and the National Health Institute. Hebert disclosed his plans in an address delivered at the Surgical Association of Louisiana's annual banquet in the Sheraton-Charles hotel. The national medical school would serve the nation's health interests just as the service academies serve the nation's defense interests, he said. Hebert's talk followed the as-j sociation's annual meeting and I election of officers held during the day at the hotel. A major problem facing the United States today, Hebert said, is the serious shortage of civilian doctors along with a shortage of service physicians in the regular armed forces. THREAT OF DRAFT "The blank spaces in the military field are being filled on a temporary basis by drawing from the civilian pool," Hebert said. Thus, he stated, doctors are exposed to the threat of a drtfft. The school Hebert proposes *'woud provide an education for qualified youth who otherwise would be unable to get a medical education and whose talents! would thereby be lost." He emphasized that the institution would in no way constitute a step towards socialized; medicine. A primary purpose of the school would also be . to fill gaps in the public health service field, "the greatest field of preventive medicine for the overall population," he said, j Graduates of the school would have to spend a specified period of compulsive service either in the military or in the U. S/ public health service, Hebert explained, much as the graduates of the service academies are obliged to fulfill a tour of duty obligation. Additionally, Hebert went on the school would offer special ized medical training geared tc the needs of not only the mill tary but also to the highly spe cialized field of the health prob lems posed by the space age. 'LONG HAUL' The school would also train i limited number of doctors froir foreign countries who would be taught the most advanced techniques for curbing epidemics and other health problems peculiar to their own lands, he added. Hebert said he first projected the idea 12 years ago. He said President Eisenhower, ther Army chief of staff, former defense secretary James Forres-tal and every surgeon genera] since have endorsed the plan in principle. "I know I've got a long haul in front of me, but I'm deter-mined to fight it through," he said. "This will be my number one objective of the future." Elected president of the association at its business meeting was Dr. Daniel Former of Baton Rouge. Also newly elected was Dr Claude Craighead, New Orleans, second vice-president. RE-ELECTED OFFICERS Re-elected officers were Dr. Walter Becker, New Orleans, first vice-president; Dr. J. Morgan Lyons, New Orleans, treas- PHOTO: DR. DANIEL FOURRIER
|Title||Hebert favors medical school: National Facility Is Proposed by Solon|
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Becker, Walter F., Dr.
Craighead, Claude C., Dr.
|Call Number||1960 p141-142|
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