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December 18, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(25):1279-1281. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440510041008

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What's in a name?

This much: that the medical man of the military establishment has had his professional office limited in the popular mind to one, and that not the most important of his functions. As a "surgeon" he is supposed to lop off the limbs that the high intelligence directing the enemy's guns, and sometimes his own, has shattered, and, ergo, an amputating knife rather than a sword should be his distinctive badge of office; and ergo, again, a man whose badge is this has no fellowship in the military hierarchy.

The medical men of the military services have not acquiesced in this reasoning, but having been the under dogs in the fight, they have had to suffer and try to get strong, and the time has apparently come when they are strong enough to assert themselves and claim for their commissions the recognition and distinction merited by loyal

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