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Appendix 4 LETTERS TO VETERANS FORM LETTER NO. 1 NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL PROJECT 4 Building 113 Veterans Administration Center Los Angeles 25, California Mr. JOHN SMITH 1234 Fifth Street City, State DEAR MR. SMITH : The National Research Council is conducting a study of the present condition of a selected group of men who were hospitalized during military service for head injuries. It is hoped to learn through this study many things about this type of injury, such as the extent to which they improve as time goes on, how effective different kinds of treatment have been, and so on. This study is a purely medical one and has nothing to do with any of your relationships with the Veterans Administration. All of the results will be kept strictly confidential by the National Research Council, and no information about any single individual will be released unless you give written consent. I have been asked to check thoroughly your present condition to see how you are. This will involve no cost to you and does not require your admis- sion to the hospital. You will be reimbursed for the expense you incur in travel (coach rate) and for your lunch. Would you be kind enough to call my office, Arizona 12345, for a definite appointment sometime before , or fill in the enclosed card telling me when it would be convenient for you to come in. My hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, a special appointment can be made for Saturday. Parking facilities are adjacent to my office at a distance of about 50 yards and there are two steps into the building. The examination will take from four to six hours including X-rays of the skull. The results of my examination will be as confidential as if it had been done by your family doctor. I shall be pleased to discuss your condition with you and the results of our examination when completed, if you so desire. Of course, there is to be no charge for this examination. Sincerely yours, J. BROWN, M.D. Enclosure. 177
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FORM LETTER NO. 2 NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL PROJECT 4 Building 113 Veterans Administration Center Los Angeles 25, California Mr. JOHN SMITH 1234 Fifth Street City, State DEAR MR. SMITH : I have had no reply to my letter of , sent to you regarding the follow-up examinations which I am conducting on veterans with head injuries. An encouraging number of men have already responded to this invitation and have been quite satisfied with the results. This examination, as you know, is for the purpose of determining what effect the injury may have had on you over a period of time, the effectiveness of the treatment you had, and what has been your adjustment to this. I should like to remind you that this examination will have no relation to your VA compensation rating and that you will be reimbursed for your transportation and lunch. Nor does it require your admission to the hospital. It is my feeling that this investigation will be of considerable value to you. I shall be glad to answer any questions about the medical findings and dis- cuss your condition with you. Of course, there is no charge for this. May I then urge you to make an appointment? Write me or call Ari- zona 12345, and I am sure that a time can be arranged that is suitable to you. I am enclosing a card for your convenience and reply. Sincerely yours, J. BROWN, M.D. Enclosure. 178
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FORM LETTER NO. 3 NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL PROJECT 4 Building 113 Veterans Administration Center Los Angeles 2.1), California Mr. JOHN SMITH 1234 Fifth Street City, State DEAR MR. SMITH : The National Research Council study of veterans who had head injuries during World War II is in progress, and I should like to remind you that the opportunity still remains for you to have a thorough checkup on your physical condition at no cost whatever. This study is a purely medical one and has nothing to do with your rela- tionship with the VA. All of the results will be kept strictly confidential by the National Research Council, and no information about any single indi- vidual will be released to any person or agency without your permission. Through this study it is hoped to learn many things about the treatment of head injuries and how to improve the treatment in the future. The ex- amination is not a lengthy or tedious one and does not require your staying in the hospital. Usually the complete checkup takes only four hours, and there is no red tape or waiting around involved. Also, there are no blood tests to be taken and no needle punctures. Already over 90 veterans from Los Angeles, Long Beach, the San Fernando Valley—and some from San Bernardino, Riverside, and Santa Barbara, too—have come in for this examination, and all of them have been quite pleased. We explain everything we do, answer any questions we can, and inform the men of the results, upon their request, as soon as it is completed. There is no cost for this checkup and we will reimburse you for your travel expenses at the rate of five cents per mile to and from the hospital. Although you may have had a number of physical examinations through the Veterans Administration, I should like to say that the Armed Forces are particularly interested in the results of our study and are anxious to have in- formation which can be used now in the treatment of our injured soldiers in Korea. So your return for this checkup would be of great value to the military services. If you can foresee a few free hours anytime in the near future, I am sure you would not regret this opportunity. Any day of the week (except Sun- days) would be satisfactory to us. If you would write to me at the above address, or call my office at Arizona 12345, I am sure an appointment can be arranged to suit your time. I am enclosing a card for your convenience and reply. Sincerely yours, J. BROWN, M.D. Enclosure. 179
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