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August 4, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(5):204-205. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421100032005

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Congress has cut down the Medical Department of the Army. If a bill had been introduced for this special purpose and the arguments for and against its passage had been heard, we take it for granted that our Federal legislators would not have crippled the Department. The blow was dealt by a proviso to that part of the Army appropriation bill which provides for the 1894-95 expenses of the Medical Corps. This proviso, which reduced the number of Assistant Surgeons from 125 to 90, was on the bill when it was reported to the House of Representatives by the Military Committee, Mr. Outhwaite of Ohio, chairman. Although we now know why the committee made this attack upon our medical confréres, it was at the time a great surprise, for we were under the impression that the Medical Corps was in good repute and deservedly so, at the Capitol Building. The

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