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May 30, 1896

Proper Title of a Medical Officer of the Army.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1086-1087. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740038011

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Groveland, Mass., May 4, 1896.

To the Editor:  —I notice in the Journal of February 1 an article entitled " Some Remarks about Asepsis in Military Service," read, etc., by Lieut.-Col. —.At first one would wonder what a military m an might know about asepsis, and although there is little of professional instruction contained in the paper, I infer that this Lieut.-Col. for some reason or other ignores his professional title. This craze makes me tired, Doctor. Time was when the honorable title of doctor would be considered an honor for a prince. In point of fact, there is to-day no more honorable title, and no good reason why physicians who respect their profession should be willing to exchange it for a complimentary military title.I send you a communication received recently from the Secretary of War. For the sake of the profession and to put a damper on bombast

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