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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 27, 2004

THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF AN ARMY.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(16):2027. doi:10.1001/jama.292.16.2027-b

The ideals seem almost attained in the roseate picture presented by Dr. Louis L. Seaman, concerning the remarkable work of the Japanese army medical department. He states that the medical corps has here its rightful position, and has authority over such details as rightly belong to it. He describes—having just returned from Manchuria—the Japanese medical officers testing water supplies in the forefront of the advance guard, inspecting all forage and supplies, and searching every village that is approached by the vast army, lest some insanity condition imperil the health of the soldiers and thus weaken the fighting force. He calls attention to the result, a mortality due almost entirely to the actual results of combat. The medical work is carried out with skill and speed, details are not neglected, and the rate of recovery from wounds is remarkable. He makes the pertinent remark that the United States Army should improve Japan’s system or else meekly follow it. His words are well worth heeding. If here is an example of the possibilities of the sanitary, prophylactic and reparative aid of the medical professor in warfare, when free from the hindrance of being subordinated to other departments, it should be well studied.

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