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July 21, 1900

Colored Tents for Hospital Corps.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):174. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290044020

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Mobile, Ala., June 28, 1900.

To the Editor:  —A medical officer of the British Army, operating in South Africa, has recently pointed out the difficulty of distinguishing the red cross as now displayed, at distances even of three or four hundred yard during calm weather, when the Red Cross flag hangs limp from the flagstaff.Recent reports of opposing forces firing on the Red Cross have been published, and no doubt, in some instances, these attacks might be accounted for by this fact.Would it not appear advisable to equip the hospital corps with tents of different color from those of the troops in the field, and to uniform the members of the corps in a color so distinctive that they could be recognized at a distance. If the hospital tent were of solid green color, and the hospital corps wore a red jacket, it would be possible to readily

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