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January 8, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(2):97-99. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440540045006

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The physician who would be considered a well-informed man in his community, can not be indifferent to public affairs, national and international, State and municipal, and a good citizen takes part in discussing the progress of the Nation among other nations. In the absence of war, the several countries of the civilized world are devoting themselves to the preparation for war, and the engrossing topic today, in our own land as in others, is the creation of what is called a new Navy, and naturally the medical aspect of this new establishment is that which particularly engages the medical man. Hence, the report of the Acting Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery to the Secretary of the Navy will be read by him to whom battle-ships, citadels, redoubts, superstructures, minor turrets and the like are unintelligible terms. It is gratifying to learn that the Naval Hospitals "are now

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