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—During the past two years the subject of better medical service in merchant and emigrant vessels traversing the oceans has attracted considerable attention in England, and it is at present engaging the attention of prominent members of Parliament. It is well known that a large proportion of the ocean traveling is done in English ships and steamers, not only across the Atlantic, but also to Australia and the Indies. According to the following statements of Dr. J. A. Irwin, a well-known English physician, who has recently taken up his residence in New York, there is urgent need of improvement in the direction of more efficient and uniform government regulations concerning the supply of competent medical service on board of all vessels carrying passengers of any class on the oceans. Speaking of the English lines recently to a reporter for a daily paper, he says:
"Of all the lines? You must
Medical Service on Ships.. JAMA. 1884;II(14):378-379. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390380014004