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March 31, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460130054016

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The British are not neglecting the medical care of their soldiers in the present war. According to the Practitioner, there are, besides the regular force and the local additions to the medical corps, not less than seven "consulting surgeons" in the field, each drawing pay of $25,-000 a year. While Sir William MacCormac and Frederick Treves, and perhaps one or two others of the seven, are of world-wide reputation, we have the authority of the Practitioner that some of these appointees "had blushed unseen within the walls of their hospitals before this greatness was thrust upon them." In one case it relates, the appointee asked to be allowed to take out a junior surgeon as an assistant, which request was refused as it was impossible to officially recognize such an anomaly as an assistant, "so the fortunate junior was appointed a consulting surgeon on the same footing as the others

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