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June 30, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(26):2002. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060410021

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To the Editor:  —Sincere appreciation of the beautiful and high minded enthusiasm which prompts many hundred surgeons to vie with each other for the privilege of following our troops "on the continent" is my excuse for calling attention to one phase of our state of medical unpreparedness, and to suggest a partial remedy therefor. A great part of surgery—that of the chest, abdomen, joints, fractures and blood vessels particularly—is being rewritten in the present war, but with rare exceptions our American journals have contented themselves with the publishing of an occasional rambling letter from a passing Red Cross surgeon or unattached medical tourist. No one has given us in English a true picture of the present surgical conditions prevailing in Europe. Likewise our universities and our special societies have made no provision for the presentation of this newer and all important surgery. What a glorious occasion the American Medical

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