October 1, 1898

A Grave Menace to the Public Health; A Correction.

Author Affiliations

Medical Director, U. S. Navy (retired).

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140057013

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New York, Sept. 24, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In your issue of September 17, p. 666, the statement is made in a letter signed by "T. S. Dabney, M.D.": "Eight hundred marines were camped for many weeks at Guantanamo and their health remained excellent, and why? Because the surgeons of the Marine-Hospital Service not only understand preventive medicine, but they practice it."I beg to correct the inference that the United States Marine Corps is under the medical supervision of the Marine-Hospital Service. The latter organization was established for the care of sick and disabled sailors of the merchant service, a "mercantile marine," as it is sometimes termed, thus, doubtless occasioning the misunderstanding.The United States Marine Corps is part of the United States Navy, and is cared for exclusively by the officers of the medical department of the United States Navy. The writer would have been strictly within bounds

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