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February 23, 1918

Service Rhymes.

JAMA. 1918;70(8):561. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600080063025

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The life of the naval surgeon is such as to bring him into contact with many phases of life, humorous, pathetic and virile. In "Service Rhymes," Dr. Jenness presents in excellent verse tales of camp and sea. Dr. Jenness shows an intimate understanding of the heart of the rookie either in the barracks or in the "fo'c's'le." Here is a sample:

When a fellow's up against it,

And he hasn't got a cent,

And his shabby clothes belie him

For a high toned gent;

Then his friends will, ordinary,

Hand him out the stony stare;

For the hard-luck down-and-outer

Isn't wanted, anywhere.

But I've been thinkin' of the difference

In the way they treat a guy

When he's all got up in khaki,

And he's ready for to die.

When the bugles start to blowin'

Then life don't seem quite so raw;

For a hobo is a hero,

When he's

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