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Surgeon-General Browne retired May 10, and was succeeded by Medical Inspector J. Rufus Tryon.
In this promotion there is a skip over the heads of fourteen active naval surgeons, for which there is no evident justification and important reasons for a condemnation of such promotion.
When a young man considers the propriety of entering the medical department of the army or navy, he naturally takes into account the promotions, honors and emoluments that are open to him in consideration of honorable service rendered; the last being the crowning glory of retiring from active service when he has arrived at the fullness of years as the superior officer of his corps. This is a matter that is looked upon by the young man as a practical moral obligation on the part of the government, and in which he is perfectly justified by the inducements held out to him by the government,
SURGEON GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY.. JAMA. 1893;XX(21):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420480022014