May 18, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520460038009

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Although the Fifty-ninth Congress enacted some useful measures which had long been desired and needed by the country, the credit due therefor is somewhat offset by its neglect to grant relief in other directions; and among the latter the failure on the part of the lower house to provide a more effective organization for the Army Medical Department can not be regarded otherwise than as a very grave omission. This failure is entirely due to the action of Mr. Cannon, the speaker, who for some occult reason has either failed to understand the necessity for the legislation, or understanding it, has some personal reason for not favoring it. The Army Medical Department was reorganized in February, 1901, at which time the Army was largely increased, the peace footing being placed at 60,000 men and that for war at 100,000, while the medical department was organized for an army of only

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