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No action will probably be taken by the Surgeon-General of the Army looking to the selection of the best men for the new position until these positions have an actual existence by legislation; but medical men desirous of filling them may do much in the way of special preparation to meet examining boards, if they recognize the likelihood of the speedy appointment of such boards. We know from the "Circular of Information for Candidates seeking Appointment in the Medical Corps of the United States Army," that applications for permission to appear for examination are in order at all times. This circular, issued from time to time by the Surgeon-General of the Army, gives the Constitution of the Medical Department at the date of its issue, and states the pay and emoluments and the duties and privileges of army medical officers, the method of making application and the manner and scope
Higgins FW. Stammering.. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1539. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450260043009