October 8, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(15):865-866. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450150051007

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Manila is a long way from the United States. The troops of the first expeditionary force sent out to support Admiral Dewey passed thirty-seven days on shipboard before coming in sight of the scene of their future operations. They embarked May 24 at San Francisco, Cal., and reached Manilla bay on June 30. It takes a much longer time for detailed medical reports of the voyage to make the return passage across the ocean and the continent to the Surgeon-General's Office at Washington, D. C., because they have to pass through so many headquarter offices while en route. Sanitary reports are called for by the Surgeon-General on the last day of every month, and some of those written June 30 by medical officers who accompanied the expedition have but now reached their destination. These give a brief but interesting view of the conditions affecting the troops on their long voyage;

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