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September 8, 1923

History of the Great War Based on Official Documents.

JAMA. 1923;81(10):851-852. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650100059039

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At the present time the British government has issued seven of the fourteen volumes of its medical history of the Great War; the American government has issued Volume I and Part 2 of Volume XV, the former just received. The statement is not made as an invidious comparison; merely as a fact. In the preface to Volume I of the British history, it is pointed out that Great Britain has not previously published a medical history of any war. The stimulus for the present series was aroused by a letter from Professor Adami, then of McGill University, to Sir William Osler, Sept. 25, 1914. Nov. 11, 1914, Surgeon General Sir Alfred Keogh appointed Capt. F. S. Brereton to undertake the duties of preparing material for such a history. He was established in an office to which the war diaries of all medical units were sent, and he was gradually provided

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