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February 22, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600038007

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During the past week two orders have been published by the War Department bearing on the equipment and efficiency of the hospital corps. One of these orders provides that when detached for service in the field during Indian wars, or when left with the sick and wounded under circumstances which justify the expectation that their rights as non-combatants under the Geneva Convention will not be recognized, commanding officers will issue to members of the hospital corps revolvers or other available fire-arms. The meaning of this is obvious, to afford them the means of protecting themselves and the wounded under their care. It affects the equipment of the men under certain conditions of active service; but the sentence which follows will be regarded by many as containing the essence of the order: "With these exceptions no side arms will be issued to members of the hospital corps." This modifies their present

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