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February 27, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(9):251-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020111013

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir.  —The articles of Drs. Woodworth and Ziegler bring the following facts to my recollection: As is well known, Prince Bismarck allowed, during the Franco-Prussian war, American surgeons to enter the services of his Government, and appointed the late Dr. Krackowitzer and Dr. Abraham Jacobi, from New York, a Board of Application, to certify diplomas and the respective ability of applicants, who were requested to send in a certificate of a regular medical practitioner in good standing, as to their previous lives, practice, etc. Having been accepted by the Board, I embarked on the Anchor line steamship " Europe" to Glasgow, and from there to the seat of war. After our services ended the well-known Dr. Knapp, of Berlin, was entrusted by his Government with furnishing us the funds for our return travel, and by-the-way, it was almost as hard to get out of

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