September 21, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(12):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430380036008

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The operation for the radical cure of hernia has received the official approval of the War Department. From twenty to thirty men are discharged every year from our Army on account of rupture. These men become valueless as soldiers and under present laws are each entitled to a pension of $8 per month and to a suitable truss renewed every three years. As most of the ruptured soldiers are young men with a long expectancy of life, the disability is a costly one to the Government. It remains to be seen whether the radical operation will save the injured soldiers for further military service and by so doing reduce the list of ruptured pensioners; and also whether the victims of rupture will take advantage of the opportunity afforded them of being treated for a radical cure. According to a recent circular from the office of the Adjutant General of the

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