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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 22/29, 2005


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

JAMA. 2005;293(24):3115. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.3115-b

The effect of the war on the medical profession in Russia, has been marked, according to the testimony in the Archives Générales de Médecine, of Dr. Marcon, a French physician, resident in St. Petersburg. Nearly all the army reserve physicians, as well as the more advanced students of the medical schools, have been called to the front, and while there are yet sufficient in the cities for the paying clienteles, the country districts are almost without physicians. It has been proposed to open the gates, temporarily, to foreign physicians, under the condition that they are acquainted with the Russian language, but, as Dr. Marcon says, there will probably not be many who will avail themselves of these conditions. Country practice in Russia is not ordinarily attractive and in the present state of affairs and in case of epidemics, such as the now threatening cholera, the situation of the physician among the ignorant peasantry might easily be unpleasant, if not, indeed, actually perilous. Another peculiar feature which deserves mention is that the present political agitation has resulted in the closing of all the institutions of higher education, including the medical schools. Professors and students have alike “struck,” to use the common expression of the day, and this serious interruption occurs at a time when young physicians have gone to the war, and pestilence is threatening a large portion of the empire. If cholera does come it will find a clear field for its ravages in Russia. Still another thing that he mentions is the marked increase of insanity among the soldiers. Between internal disturbances and external war the empire of the czars is in a bad way. “Let us have peace.”

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