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An opportunity to tell the medical profession of the United States, through this, its greatest organization, what it can do for the Navy, is one of supreme importance to the body of officers which I represent, and, although the time allotted to each paper is of necessity short, I trust that my efforts will be rewarded by a substantial growth of the interest which first suggested this symposium.
Recent legislation has authorized an increase of 150 in the medical corps of the Navy, to be accomplished by a yearly addition of 25. At the end of five years the corps will have almost doubled itself by a growth from its present strength of 250 to nearly 400 officers. This great increase must be accomplished by the exercise of extreme care in the selection of desirable persons from among the candidates presenting themselves for examination. As this choice is entirely in
STOKES CF. WHAT CAN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION DO FOR THE NAVY?. JAMA. 1904;XLII(26):1681–1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490710013002i
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