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At the meeting of this Society in Chicago last fall; one of these pleasant reunions which I had the honor to attend, it was suggested that a paper on the history of military surgery would be of interest, and I was asked by your distinguished President if I would write a brief essay on this topic. Fortunately for the Society, he used the word brief, and all of us know what it is to obey a command. Another fortunate thing in the matter was, that it would have been impossible I think to have made it otherwise, in view of the smallness of the material at hand. If, however, the idea had been to write upon the many virtues and important position occupied by departed worthies who had filled places in military surgery, the task would have been easy. I confess my astonishment at the paucity of medical literature on
HAMILTON JB. A GLIMPSE OF THE HISTORY OF MILITARY SURGERY.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(15):676–680. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440150006002