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March 5, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(10):652. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490550026006

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One of the first official acts of Secretary Taft can not but be highly gratifying to every member of the medical profession. It seems that, forced by certain incongruities in the present plan of organization of the Army Medical Department, a bill was drawn by which it was proposed, among other things, to increase the number of surgeons of the higher military rank and to provide for a reserve corps to be made available in time of war.

The original draft of this bill went in the ordinary course, before the General Staff for consideration and report. This General Staff is a highly useful body, created for advisory purposes, and presumed to be made up of representatives of the var ous branches of the service. It consists of forty-two members, four of whom, for instance, are general officers, twenty-two are line officers, five are engineers, while others are representatives of

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