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The Fifty-fourth Congress of the United States took no action affecting the status of the Medical Department of the Army. Its influence was felt only in the appropriation bills. The Act making appropriation for the support of the Army for the year ending June 30, 1898 provides all that was called for by the estimates of the Surgeon General in the case of the Hospital Corps, the Library and the Museum; but some economical tendencies were manifested in dealing with the other estimates. The Act makes provision for the purchase of horses for such members of the Hospital Corps on field service as may require to be mounted. The Library obtains its usual appropriation of $10,000, to enable it to meet the literary progress of the year. Its increase during the past year compares favorably with that of any of the years of its history. A special effort was made
THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS AND THE MEDICAL SERVICES. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(13):611–612. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440130037008
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