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August 13, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(7):220. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400060028009

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Dear Sir:  The rank is but the guinea stamp,The man's the gowd for a' that,the world concedes the importance of the stamp. Germane to your editorial on, "Medical Rank in the Navy," we desire to remark, "We have heathen nearer home." For a quarter of a century, by resolution and memorial, the American Medical Association has been endeavoring to dignify the profession, and to protect American seamen by providing surgeons for ocean steamers and by giving to the medical officers of the Navy a rank and pay proportionate with the acquirements and services demanded; and yet the Surgeon General reports, "It is impossible with the present inducements offered to find young men, possessing the necessary qualifications, who are disposed to become medical officers in the Navy."Meanwhile there has grown up a system of land transportation that carries more passengers in one day than our marine service transports in a

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