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November 27, 1897

Surgeons of the Merchant Marine.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(22):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440480042012

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Hilltip Farm, Groveland, Mass., Nov. 15, 1897.

To the Editor:  —I am very much interested in noticing in this week's Journal an item concerning "Ships' Doctors." Our medical journals in this country, as well as in Europe, have of late given this matter considerable attention, and the betterment of the service is steadily going on. This is one of the main objects of the International League of Surgeons of the Merchant Marine. For those of your readers who are not familiar with this organization. I will state that its objects are:

  1. To increase the efficiency of the medical service on the ocean liners.

  2. To encourage the surgeons to respect their positions and to prevent unworthy applicants from receiving employment.

  3. To provide information on professional subjects relating to sea service with a view to lessen the difficulties of recently appointed medical officers.

  4. To collect a history of the members for publication.

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