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The Medical Department of the Army is in an efficient condition. Its officers have the rank, pay and emoluments of other officers of like grade. They exercise command in their hospitals and over Hospital Corps detachments, and have control of their medical and hospital supplies. The Department asked for nothing from the Fifty-third Congress but to have money appropriated for its current expenses. Its estimates, however, were pared down considerably in both years. Instead of $185,000 estimated for the year ending June 30, 1895, and $175,000 for the following year, the appropriation bills carried only $160,000 in both instances. The estimate of $10,000 for the Library was cut to $8,000; but the appropriations for the publication of the Index Catalogue and for the Army Medical Museum were approved without reduction.
In the first session a bill was introduced which would have seriously crippled the Corps by reducing its number in
THE FIFTY-THIRD CONGRESS, THE ARMY AND NAVY MEDICAL SERVICES AND THE MARINE-HOSPITAL SERVICE. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(11):413–415. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430110031006
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