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February 10, 1912

The Army Canteen

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JAMA. 1912;LVIII(6):429. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020113026

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To the Editor:  —There have been a number of replies elicited by the petition of the 279 physicians to Congress asking for the passage of the Bartholdt Bill restoring the canteen. A number of the arguments have been of such a character that it would be needless to attempt to refute them. I desire, however, to call attention very briefly to the following points:In Colonel Maus' letter (The Journal A. M. A., Jan. 13, 1912, p. 130) objection is made to the petition of the 279 physicians on the ground that we "know little of the sociologic condition of the soldier and his environment" and we are advised that "the shoemaker should stick to his last." I beg to quote three witnesses who do know the sociologic conditions and environment of the soldier quite as well as Colonel Maus. They are, first, General Wood, the Chief-of-Staff of the Army,

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