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November 28, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(22):859-860. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411000037005

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We are in receipt of an attractive little volume, having a title as "Records of the Association of Acting Assistant Surgeons U. S. A.," which gives an insight into the reasons for such an organization, with a brief sketch of those who are at present identified with it.

The purposes of the Society are mainly to work for a proper recognition of the corps, on the part of the government.

In the first place, it was very unfortunate that the title of Acting Assistant Surgeon was given this corps, as the name carries with it a feeling that it is applied to a substitute, and substitutes among the soldiers during the war were odious and not held in high estimation by any one. These Acting Assistant Surgeons should have been given an actual rank, as they were called upon to perform all the varied services of a commissioned officer, and

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