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February 19, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(8):209-210. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391330013003

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There is much of general medical interest in the recently received "Report of the Supervising Surgeon-General of the Marine Hospital Service of the United States for the Fiscal Year 1886." There are many medical men and health officers who do not seem to have yet seen the necessity or good of this Service— and this, we think, may be attributed to a want of information as to the duties required of and performed by the Service.

During the last fiscal year the number of patients relieved by the Service was 43,822; number treated in hospitals 12,624; number treated in dispensaries 31,198; and days' relief in hospital furnished 316,205. Previous to October, 1885, the Service was supported by a tax upon the beneficiaries, and it was held that only those who contributed to the fund could receive relief from it; but after the enactment of the law providing for the support

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