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December 11, 1897

The Status of Hospital Stewards in the Army.

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Surgeon-General United States Army.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(24):1231. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440500045013

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Letter of the Surgeon-General of the Army to a Committee of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

War Department, Surgeon General's Office, Washington, Dec. 1, 1897.

Mr. George F. Payne, Chairman of Committee, American Pharmaceutical Association, Atlanta, Ga.

Dear Sir:  —I have received your letter of November 29, also communications from pharmacists in various parts of the country, urging me to support the bills which have been introduced relating to the status of hospital stewards in the army.There is a misapprehension on the part of pharmacists with reference to the position of hospital stewards. These non-commissioned officers have many other duties quite as important as those connected with the dispensing of medicines, and at our larger posts they usually do not give personal attention to the preparation and dispensing of medicines. This is done by an acting hospital steward, or at times, by a detailed private of the hospital corps. While

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