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August 5, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(6):407. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510060043012

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Important as is the reformation of the sanitary conditions on the Panama Isthmus, a corollary well worth all serious attention is the feeding and housing of the large body of working men soon to be engaged there. The Army and Navy Journal makes a very sensible suggestion, that, inasmuch as it was a logical step to turn over the matter of sanitation to the Medical Department of the Army, it would be appropriate also to give to the subsistence department the care of the vast number of employes. Experience in the Philippines indicates the ability of this department to accept such a problem. Our contemporary referred to above declares that the army ration used in the Philippines is equal and possibly superior to that of any other army in the world. It is certainly not desirable to have the feeding of our Panama laborers farmed out, with the caterer's profit

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