January 24, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):301-302. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290051025

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The announcement that the President has nominated Col. William C. Gorgas as Surgeon-General of the Army of the United States, with the rank of brigadier-general, will be received with approval, not only by the medical profession, but also by the public. Probably not since the days of the Civil War has it been possible for a President to make an appointment that will cause so much general satisfaction. The people of the United States justly regard the construction of the Panama Canal as one of the great achievements in our national history. From the point of view of the constructing engineer, its completion, in advance of the estimated time and at less than the estimated cost, is a triumph for American engineering skill, for the Army engineer and for West Point training.

For his masterly ability as an organizer and administrator, highest praise is due to Colonel Goethals, and any

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