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February 23, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(8):539. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600080041011

Last week we printed the text of a bill just introduced simultaneously in the Senate by Senator Owen and in the House by Representative Dyer. The numbers are, respectively, S. 3748 and H. R. 9563. These bills consist of two paragraphs. The first reads:

"That hereafter the commissioned officers of the Medical Corps, and of the Medical Reserve Corps, of the United States Army on active duty shall be distributed in the several grades in the same ratios heretofore established by law in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy."

The bill is essentially the same as that introduced by Senator Owen last July. The latter—the Owen bill of July—provided definite percentages which should be applied to the distribution of the various grades in the Army. These were the same as apply to the Navy. The Owen-Dyer bill provides that the officers of the Medical Corps and of the