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May 29, 1897

Association of Acting Assistant Surgeons U. S. Army.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(22):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440220038014

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In reply to a letter concerning the status of this organization, we have the following letter from Dr. Parker:

Groveland, Mass, May 12, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Replying to your letter, in which you state, as Dr. Shrady and others have done, that "a society which has no time of meeting can not be said to have any pronounced standing," I would state that our Association is fast going to pieces. Acting assistant surgeons no longer exist in the army. The new generation of army medical officers do not know of them except by hearsay. The brave deeds of the acting assistant surgeons have nearly been forgotten. There is no one brave enough and unselfish enough to plead for them. The American Medical Association has heard their cry, but has never helped them. Each year our notices have many which are returned with the simple word, dead. Our members have

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