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The events of the day are the strongest possible indorsement of the necessity for such an organization as that of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. In fact, the medical officers of the various branches of the military and naval services of the country are not associated as they should be, or in any way, officially or nominally, in one harmonious whole. The enthusiastic founders of this body, first and foremost among whom was our own illustrious Nicholas Senn—then Surgeon-General of Wisconsin, and now, and for long, we hope, Surgeon-General of Illinois—wisely foresaw that military surgery could not attain its highest development if left to the haphazard methods of independent and inexperienced individuals, and they instituted this Association for the improvement of military surgery, and it is evident that this can only be accomplished when the medical departments of every branch of the national defence shall
THE ASSOCIATION OF THE MILITARY SURGEONS OF THE UNITED STATES.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(15):867–868. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440670055006