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The development of the new Navy is a matter of popular concern and the expensive outlay it involves is acquiesced in by the most exacting appropriation watchers. That the personnel, barely sufficient for a few old time wooden vessels, needs to be similarly expanded in men and officers apace with modern battleships, cruisers and coast-defenders is not questioned, but Washington correspondents declare that Congress finds such difficulty in reconciling the opposing factions of the Navy that in all probability the session will close without any legislation in this direction. It may be profitable for us as physicians to inquire in what manner the interests of our naval medical confrères are affected by this internecine conflict, and who is responsible for obstructing the reorganization which is admittedly necessary.
It is well known that the officers of the Navy have been for many years divided into two bitterly hostile parties—one comprehensively termed
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GRADE, RANK AND TITLE IN THEIR NAVAL MEDICAL RELATIONS.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):533-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630035005