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March 26, 1927

The Lost Legion: The Story of the Fifteen Hundred American Doctors Who Served with the B. E. F. in the Great War.

JAMA. 1927;88(13):1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680390054034

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Among the many contributions to the history of the World War, one of the most romantic was that of the fifteen hundred American physicians who were the first to enter the great conflict. The book is prefaced with a foreword by Dr. Franklin H. Martin, who tells how he promised Mr. Balfour to send these officers to the British army and how he fulfilled his promise. In his preface the author explains that the volume is reconstructed from a diary and from the records of many of the men who served. The explanation of the title of the volume lies apparently in the fact that our medical department forgot about these men after our entire army was in the war, so that they did not receive the rewards that were their due on account of length or character of service. Indeed, our army staff even refused to permit the British

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