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January 3, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(1):21-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620010027007

So much has been written about the medical reserve officer and his activities in the great war that anything more said may seem to be mere repetition and superfluous. What I shall say will not deal with the scientific aspect of his connection with the army or with the methods of treatment of wounds or diseases incident to military life. I wish to speak in a broad way of the medical reserve officer himself—what he did for the army and what the army did for him. Whatever may be said of a critical nature is brought out merely in the hope that in the reorganization of the Medical Reserve Corps, cognizance may be taken of the errors made in the past with the hope that these may be avoided in the future.

While it is true that services of tremendous value to the soldier were rendered by the medical reserve

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