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June 4, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(23):1362-1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440750050010

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For many years past the grievances of the medical officers in the British service have been of such a character as to enlist the sympathies of the medical profession. All the great medical schools have been in the habit of discouraging their students from entering into the open competition for service in the the Army Medical Staff. The standard of efficiency has thus been lowered, while more than 10 per cent. of the authorized positions have remained unfilled. As the Army, in consequence, has not enough of medical officers to meet the ordinary requirements of peace, the question of what would happen in the event of a serious war has been a subject of anxiety both to the medical profession and the War Office Authorities. A committee of the British Medical Association some time ago formulated the grievances of the medical staff and the demands of the profession. The medical