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June 28, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(26):2130-2131. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650520036020

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Proposed Abolition of the Indian Medical Service  As foreshadowed in previous letters, the Indian Medical Service, which has played such an important part not only in the introduction of European civilization into India but also in the development of tropical medicine, is likely to be abolished. This seems to be an inevitable result of the granting of a large measure of self-government to India and the consequent Indianization of the government services.Established in the first instance as a military service for duty with the Indian army, the Indian Medical Service has played a notable part in the civil life of India. It has not only devoted itself to the medical care of the civil population of both races; it has also been the chief agent in spreading throughout India, by means of collegiate and hospital teaching and by personal example, western ideas of medicine, surgery and sanitation, while among

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