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August 25, 1917


Author Affiliations

Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Physician, U. S. Army Base Hospital No. 12 (Chicago) FRANCE

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(8):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910350002011a

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After two months' experience as medical director of U. S. Base Hospital No. 12 (a Chicago organization), stationed "somewhere in France," I have come to the conclusion that the American physician cannot afford to miss the opportunity which presents itself. No other department in the service serves a more important function, and I am firmly convinced that the efficiency of the fighting force depends largely on the efficiency of the medical corps.

Mr. Julius Rosenwald of the Council of National Defense, in discussing the ultimate outcome of the war, tritely stated that it would be the "survival of the best fed." The physician not only passes on the fitness of the volunteer and conscript, and must dispose of him when he is sick or wounded, but is also of necessity the dietitian and the sanitarian.

JUDGMENT AN ASSET  When dealing with thousands of men drawn from all walks of life,

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