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—We hear and read much in these degenerate days, of the improvement and purification of the Public Service, but it has been reserved for the present Governor of Illinois to show the estimate placed upon professional ability and experience by a thorough going politician. The telegraph informs us that a young graduate of the Hahnemann class of 1887 has been appointed Surgeon General by his Excellency, Governor Fifer, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of General Matthews. The action of the Governor in selecting this inexperienced young person for so important a, position is inexplicable on ordinary grounds, but in common with many others, we are of the opinion that the Governor's sincere desire to secure the "finest military medical talent" in the State for Surgeon General, will receive at the polls in November that rebuke at the hands of the profession, which such misdirected action fully warrants.
The Surgeon General of Illinois.. JAMA. 1892;XIX(3):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420030030010