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December 4, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(23):1175-1176. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440490041007

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A subcommittee of the Parliamentary Bills Committee of the British Medical Association has made a report on the condition of the Army Medical Staff, the causes of its present inefficiency and insufficiency, and the reforms needful to improve it. Military as well as medical journals discuss the subject as one of the utmost importance to the army and to the country. Numerically the Army Medical Staff is at present eighty short of its authorized total of 891 officers; and the men who come up for examination to fill the vacancies are by no means of a high standard, professionally. In August last only twenty-two men presented themselves to "compete" for thirty-six vacancies; nineteen of them were accepted. Of the last batch who passed through the Army Medical School at Netley the man who stood highest on the list of Army Medical Staff graduates had lower marks than the last man

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