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The selection of insignia for the medical department of the army has been before the officers of that department in an unofficial way for many months. It is now before them officially, and the question will no doubt be settled promptly. The Surgeon General has appointed a board to consider the subject, and has requested officers who have suggestions to make to communicate them to Col. Charles H. Alden, Assistant Surgeon General, the president of the board.
At the present time the medical department is practically without any distinctive insignia. From early times the letters M. D. were embroidered in silver on the black ground of the epaulettes or shoulder knots, but this lettering was always as distasteful to medical officers as the P. D. and Q. D. of the pay department and quartermaster's department were to the officers who had to wear them. Three or four years ago, when
THE INSIGNIA OF THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(4):188. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430560040008
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