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August 3, 1918


Author Affiliations

Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army FRANCE

JAMA. 1918;71(5):323-327. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600310001001

It is the fortune of war that great renown is the lot of those who happen to be among the first of the wounded or the killed. But after these first few the names are lost in numbers. To this rule the members of the Medical Corps and notably of the Medical Reserve Corps of the United States Army have been a glorious exception. They were literally the first at the front, they were the first to shed their blood for their country. Hundreds of them were sent silently to the support of the British as early as May and June of last year, and from that time to this they have paid their toll of dead and wounded—they have been gassed, they have suffered the interminable daily hardships of mud and privation, of gas and shell fire. Their valiant action, their fidelity to duty are unrecorded. We may well

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