July 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(1):44-45. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430790050004

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At the recent meeting at Philadelphia of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, during the discussion of the paper prepared and read by Major Paul R. Brown, Surgeon U. S. Army, on " Modern Methods of Anthropometric Identification, so far as the United States Soldier is Concerned," in which he very earnestly advocated the system based on anatomic and descriptive data devised by Bertillon, of whose work he is the translator, Colonel Charles H. Alden, the Assistant Surgeon-General of the U.S. Army, and others of that Department, declared their preference for the method now in vogue in the Army of recording prominent marks, scars and peculiarities as proofs of identity, for the reason among others that the French plan proposed was primarily associated with the recognition of criminals. Captain Myles Standish, Mass. V. M., said that the mere fact that Bertillon's method was employed in connection with criminals

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