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November 1, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(18):1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610440061030

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To the Editor:  —On reading the letter of the Surgeon-General of the Navy in The Journal, October 25, with its account of the eighty-three enlisted sailors who, during the height of the terrible influenza epidemic in Boston, subjected themselves voluntarily and after having the danger fully explained to them, to experimentation with a view of promoting medical research which might help the surgeons in finding a remedy, I feel deeply impressed with the thought that honors should be conferred on these men — at least honorable mention of their names in The Journal or in some permanent public record. I do not know whether they would be entitled to the Carnegie hero medal, but no one could be more worthy of it. I hope the Surgeon-General can be interested in the matter. He pays a deserved tribute to the surgeons of the navy in this connection and truly calls these

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