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November 5, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;174(10):1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030100114032

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To the Editor:—  On Oct. 9, the United States, and especially the American medical world, proudly celebrated the 100th birthday of Leonard Wood, who, in the military as well as in the political history of the country, is one of the most colorful and successful personalities. He was Chief of Staff of the Army from 1910 to 1914. He began his career as a physician with an M.D. from Harvard University. In the campaign against the Indian chief, Geronimo, as first lieutenant and assistant surgeon, he was decorated for bravery with the Medal of Honor. Twelve years later at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War he organized a regiment of rough riders and was its commanding colonel; Theodore Roosevelt was his lieutenant colonel. After the war, Wood first became military governor of Santiago and later governor general of the whole of occupied Cuba. With skillful and professional supervision, Wood improved

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