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September 1, 1883

Sanitary and Statistical Report of the Surgeon-General of the Navy for the Year 1881.

JAMA. 1883;I(8):253. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390080029014

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This, the annual report of Surgeon-General Wales, is a bulky octavo of 684 pages. In his introductory remarks, he calls attention to the fact that a laboratory has been established for original work, and that a museum and library have been founded. The library already contains nearly four thousand volumes. The want of proper appropriations for the hospitals and other branches of the service is justly deplored; in several instances about one-half the amount required being appropriated. The valuable services rendered by the hospital branch are well shown in the summing up by figures—giving 14,013 cases as the total number treated during the year. An interesting table is given referring to the examination of recruits, of whom 8,807 presented themselves, and of these 2,750 were rejected, or 31 per cent. The causes of rejection are tabulated, and the largest number, 661, is from defective development; next to this come diseases

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