JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The ideals seem almost attained in the roseate picture presented by
Dr. Louis L. Seaman, concerning the remarkable work of the Japanese army medical
department. He states that the medical corps has here its rightful position,
and has authority over such details as rightly belong to it. He describes—having
just returned from Manchuria—the Japanese medical officers testing water
supplies in the forefront of the advance guard, inspecting all forage and
supplies, and searching every village that is approached by the vast army,
lest some insanity condition imperil the health of the soldiers and thus weaken
the fighting force. He calls attention to the result, a mortality due almost
entirely to the actual results of combat. The medical work is carried out
with skill and speed, details are not neglected, and the rate of recovery
from wounds is remarkable. He makes the pertinent remark that the United States
Army should improve Japan’s system or else meekly follow it. His words
are well worth heeding. If here is an example of the possibilities of the
sanitary, prophylactic and reparative aid of the medical professor in warfare,
when free from the hindrance of being subordinated to other departments, it
should be well studied.
THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF AN ARMY. JAMA. 2004;292(16):2027. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.16.2027-b
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