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January 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(1):37-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430530055005

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The imminence of international complications, compelling Congress to reorganize the military establishment to be as effective as possible, makes that portion of the report of the Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of the War Department which accompanied the annual report of the Secretary of the Navy, relating to the persistent vacancies in the medical corps of the Navy, of especial interest to the general professional reader.

The Surgeon-General says:

During the last fiscal year there were 269 applications made to the department for information concerning the appointment of assistant surgeons in the Navy. Replies containing instructions were promptly forwarded in every instance. Out of this number only 33 applied for permission to appear before the Naval Medical Examining Board, as follows:

Of the 33 mentioned who received permission 19 availed themselves of the opportunity to appear before the Board, and of this number there were 3 rejected

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