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January 1, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(1):26-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391260034008

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To the Editor of The Journal:

Dear Sir:  —I have been much interested in a communication which appeared in The Journal for November 20, entitled "The Medical Service of the U. S. Pension Bureau," and written by Dr. P. S. Conner, of Cincinnati. Briefly stated, the article referred to is simply an arraignment of the Pension Examining Boards, as at present constituted, virtually charging the members thereof with professional incompetency, and proposing as a specific for the evils complained of, that the entire business of the examining of pensioners, and applicants for pensions, be transferred to the Medical Corps of the Army. After detailing at length the duties of the examiners, Dr. Conner says: "Even the most hurried glance at what is required of an examining surgeon, will suffice to show that he ought to be well educated, experienced in the detection of pathological conditions, of good judgment, honest, and

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