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January 26, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(4):119-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430040013002c

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In March, 1893, I received the appointment of assistant surgeon in the service of the Mexican Central Railroad. This road extends from El Paso, Texas, to the City of Mexico, a distance of about twelve hundred miles. The main line and branches make about two thousand miles of road operated by this company. Every employe contributes a certain portion of his wages to the support of the medical department. This consists of a chief surgeon, with headquarters at Aguascalientes, and ten assistant surgeons. There are four hospitals—at Chihuahua, Aguascalientes, the City of Mexico and Tampico. An assistant surgeon is assigned to each, and the others are stationed at intervals along the road. Cases that can be moved and that require hospital treatment are sent to the hospital most convenient to the scene of accident. Should patients desire it, they may be treated in their own homes, but in that case

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