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December 6, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(23):1464. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480490036009

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The report of the Surgeon General of the Navy contains, besides the usual matter, one or two propositions worthy of special note. One is the recommendation of the provision for a corps of female nurses to act in the large naval hospitals. Army experience has shown the advantages of such a corps, and there ought also be occasion for their services on hospital ships. It would also relieve the hospital apprentices now employed, for sea service, as the Surgeon General suggests. The military female nurse appears to be a permanent institution in the Army, and there is no good reason why her services should not be secured to the naval branch of the service. Another suggestion, though without formal plans, recommended is that of a naval tuberculosis sanitarium, thus also profiting from the Army experience. The bureau has the subject under consideration and hopes to be able to offer definite

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