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February 29, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):438. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610040009

The board of officers of which Colonel Charles H. Alden, Assistant Surgeon General, U. S. A. is president, convened some time ago to consider and report on the insignia of the Department to be worn on the shoulder knots of the full dress uniform and on the collar of the fatigue blouse instead of the shield in gold worn at the present time, has concluded its labors and rendered its report and recommendation to the Surgeon General. The board called for suggestions from medical officers of the Army and of the National Guard, all of whom showed the greatest interest in the subject. Many in reply sent drawings of their views of the appropriate insignia, and not a few forwarded their propositions in gold embroidery on dark blue cloth or braid. The board was at first embarrassed by the multiplicity of the suggestions; but on careful consideration it was found

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