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J.D.C. Conducting Mass Physical Examination of Jews in U.S. Zone of Germany

The Joint Distribution Committee is now in the midst of a mass health examination program for the entire Jewish population of the American zone of Germany, it was learned here today. The program, under which 6,000 DP’s in the Munich area have already been examined, was undertaken in preparation for the anticipated early migration of the vast majority of the Jews.

The examinations include a complete physical check-up with fluoroscopy X-ray and other routine tests. More than 400 physicians in the J.D.C. medical department and in J.D.C.-supported institutions are cooperating in the program, which is expected to be completed within six months. Priority in examination is given to those Jews who will be leaving within the next few months.

Persons who are found to be completely healthy are given a certificate which becomes one of their immigration documents. Those who are found to have tuberculosis in an active stage or require surgery or physical rehabilitation are sent to a medical institution for treatment and rest until they are cured, after which they will be permitted to emigrate.

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