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August 8, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(6):502-503. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540060052006

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After a struggle of four years on the part of the Surgeon General of the Army, backed by the medical profession, Congress at its last session was induced to give much needed relief to the Army Medical Corps, by an Act, approved last April, entitled "A bill to increase the efficiency of the Medical Department of the Army." Conditions in the Army prior to this were deplorable, so far as the organization of the Medical Department was concerned, as apparently no thought had been given to requirements for war. In fact, officers were far too few to perform the ordinary duties of peace times. Such a condition is quite contrary to that prevailing in the army of every civilized country, except our own, of maintaining during peace a personnel greatly in excess of its actual needs, but so constituted as to be capable of ready expansion in war time, without

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