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November 10, 1917


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JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1575-1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460001001

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American soldiers are in France, others are going, and many more will have to go, unless some unforeseen turn in military, industrial, economic or political affairs brings the war to an early conclusion. Barring extreme crop failure, starvation will not intervene in Germany; of revolution in war-time no one has any hope who knows the German mind from first hand observation. Since we have soldiers on the western front, American boys will inevitably be taken prisoners and interned in prison camps. For us the facts of the management of the German prison-of-war camps will, therefore, hold a personal and urgent meaning. We have, indeed, over one hundred Americans interned in Germany, being fed by our Red Cross. There has been much written of the prison-of-war camps in Germany. Much has been distorted and exaggerated; much has also been concealed. In the broad sense, one fundamental fact holds for the prison

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