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January 22, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(4):221-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440560049004

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The U. S. Marine-Hospital Service has in late years come into such notoriety in connection with the proposed establishment of a National Department of Health that its proper office has quite dropped out of sight. A considerable number of educated people, even among the medical fraternity, believe it to be an institution for the care of sick marines, and many others, who are cognizant of the Marine Corps as a part of the United States Navy, identify it with the medical department of the naval service, and infer that this association with National vessels and through them with foreign countries where naval officers are brought in contact with the breeding-places of the great maritime pestilences, justifies the assignment to it of the duties of a seaboard quarantine. This confusion of function has been one of the obstacles in the way of the establishment of an organized independent National Health Department.

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