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January 10, 1920


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

Surgeon-General, U. S. Army.

JAMA. 1920;74(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620020054033

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To the Editor:  —The beginning of this war found the medical profession of the country wholly unprepared for the tremendous military responsibilities which were to be thrown on it. No organization had been perfected by which the profession could be called into service, and no instructions had been given to the profession to acquaint them with the duties of a medical officer in the field with troops.The Medical Department of the Army had been accumulating for many years field medical supplies, and through the great foresight of Col. Jefferson R. Kean, Medical Corps, the American Red Cross, with which he was serving, had organized a large number of base hospital units from among the staffs of our large and important civil hospitals.The Medical Reserve Corps had not been developed, and the officers who were in this corps and who were fit for military service had not been instructed

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