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May 24, 1884

Ship Owners and Marine Hospital Service.

JAMA. 1884;II(21):582-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390440022014

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—The following, from the Detroit Lancet of recent date, is worthy of serious thought:

" The ship owners and sailors have had bills introduced into Congress repealing the tax upon sailors for the support of the Marine Hospital Service, and ordering that the same be supported by the government. We would like to see the tax and hospitals both abolished. This entire service is an anomaly in our plan of government. There is no more reason why there should be a series of hospitals for the care of sailors supported by the government, than that the government should have hospitals supporting railroad men, or the factory operators, or any other class of laboring people. Since the government does not do this for all classes, we object to any discrimination in favor of any class. We already have a navy medical service, to care for all the sick sailors in the service

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