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August 17, 1907


Author Affiliations

Colonel and Assistant Surgeon-General, U. S. Army, Chief Surgeon Department of the Lakes. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(7):573-575. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320070043002g

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The recognition of the vital relation that a well organized and trained sanitary personnel bears to the efficiency of an army in the field has been of slow growth and there is yet an inadequate appreciation of that relationship in certain quarters, notwithstanding the awful lessons taught by sanitary unreadiness in many wars of recent times.

It would appear that there is still cherished a belief among many otherwise well informed persons that in the event of war an abundant number of skilled physicians and surgeons would be available for duty with troops. That is true, but the essential prerequisites of military training for the military physician is lost sight of. The well equipped military surgeon must understand, in addition to his purely professional duties, the complex subjects of medical administration, including the customs of the service; the hygiene of posts and camps; the service of the front and rear,

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