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February 25, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(8):239. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400340019006

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Bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives at Washington, proposing to increase the efficiency of the Pension Bureau by adding one surgeon and six medical examiners to the present force. This would make the medical staff of the Pension Office consist of one medical referee, one assistant medical referee, three surgeons and twenty-four medical examiners, which would certainly seem to be as small a medical corps as could be reasonably expected to properly examine and supervise the immense number of pension applications that reach the Pension Bureau of this nation in these days. The bills also propose to increase the salary of the medical referee to $4,000 per annum; that of the assistant medical referee to $3,600; that of the three surgeons to $3,000; and that of the medical examiners to $2,500. These propositions, both to increase the number of members of the medical staff of the Pension

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