September 29, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(13):830. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460390046008

In an article in the American Journal of Insanity, on "Degeneracy in the Army," noticed elsewhere in The Journal,1 Dr. Charles E. Woodruff makes mention of the interesting fact that the musicians in the army are in some respects different from the average soldier, that they present a larger proportion of stigmata and require a different system of discipline. These army musicians are, it is understood, generally enlisted as such, but they may be taken from the ranks if they are known to manifest especial musical ability. The observation is an interesting one, as it seems to show that talent in this particular line, at least in the class of enlisted musicians, is associated with a certain degree of defect. How much the possibility that in the recruiting of musicians there may be a laxity of inspection, as compared with that of other enlisted men, has to do with

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