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December 27, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(26):2271. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520067030

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal of September 20 your London correspondent reported the death of Sir William Willcox and referred to his skill as a toxicologist, his great experience in forensic medicine, his connection with the Crippen case and his knowledge of chemical pathology, and mentioned his most important writings. He said nothing of his extraordinary and gallant services in the British army in one of its most terrible, fantastic but finally successful campaigns in World War I, that in Mesopotamia, from 1914 until after the official end of the war. The campaign was fought by what was officially the Indian, not the British, army—the Indian army composed of white British and native Indians. It was, of course, a part of the British forces but was really the Indian army, sent from India. The Mesopotamian War was a dreadfully difficult affair, replete with every kind of tragedy.In the

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