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July 7, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(1):62. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590280064031

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To the Editor:  —The Chicago Tribune editor who says that driving an ambulance on European battlefields is "an old man's job" presumably intends to leave his job in the hands of an older and wiser man while he goes to the front to demonstrate his heroism behind earth works, forgetting that ambulance drivers have to work in the open.He says:"Driving an ambulance is an old man's job. It requires little strength, no great endurance, and the danger is small. No young man, fit for military duty, can afford at this time to join the ambulance corps. He owes it to his country to get into the fighting ranks, but he also owes it to himself to avoid the appearance of being a slacker. The ignominy of staying behind with nurses while his companions are fighting in the trenches will be great, and it ought to be great. We

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