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March 18, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):881. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380045015

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The bill to increase the efficiency of the Medical Department of the Army is another that failed to become a law at the session of Congress just closed. The bill, the passage of which the American Medical Association, through its committee on National Legislation, earnestly urged, passed the Senate and was favorably reported (in a somewhat mutilated condition) by the Military Committee of the House. In view of the President's message urging its passage and its strong endorsement by the War Department, it would undoubtedly have become a law if it had been permitted to come to a vote in the House. At the final stage, however, a fatal obstacle was encountered in the refusal of the speaker, Mr. Cannon, to permit the measure to come to a vote. In this refusal he persisted in spite of the personal solicitation of the Secretary of War and the formal declaration of

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