January 20, 1912

The Army Canteen

Author Affiliations

Surgeon-General, U. S. Army.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(3):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010216024

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To the Editor:  —Referring to the letter of Colonel L. M. Maus, Medical Corps, in The Journal, Jan, 13, 1012, I desire to say that however widely his opinion on the subject of the canteen may differ from those of the majority of army officers or his statements from what are believed to be the facts in the case, it is only proposed here to comment on those which purport to be drawn from the vital statistics and reports of this office.Much space would be required to point out the inaccuracies contained in his articles on the subject of "The Beerless Canteen" in the Continent, Dec. 7, 1911, and in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan. 13, 1012, so it need only be noted at this time that the total sick rates and constantly sick or non-effective rates of an army depend on a great number of

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