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August 17, 1901

ORGANIZATION OF THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT IN ACTIVE HOSTILITIES.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(7):455. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470330037009
Abstract

Every war of the last century has been prolific in criticism of the work of the medical department. The strictures have not been limited to any one campaign nor to any nation. The defects have been conspicuous in the British-Boer hostilities in South Africa no less than in the Spanish-American operations in the West Indies and the South Sea Islands. The service of the sick to-day is subjected to criticisms of the press so similar to those inflicted upon the military medical situation forty years ago that the editorial comments of the two periods may be interchanged without detection. The conditions which led to the enforced resignation of a cabinet minister in 1899 have recurred wherever belligerent forces have taken the field, until at the present time the question of the suitable care of the sick and wounded assumes an importance almost equal to the casus belli itself. To the

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