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March 26, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(13):737-738. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440650045004

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Now that war talk is rife and it seems a little more than merely possible that the "dogs may be let loose," to use a well worn figure of speech, it is in order to consider certain medical problems that are inevitably suggested by the state of affairs. If we are to be rushed into a war with Spain at the very close of the healthy season on the island of Cuba, it would appear probable that hostilities will either have to be limited to the sea or if carried on by land will be complicated with some very serious sanitary questions, at least during a portion of their continuance. What naval warfare will be with modern ships and guns is very largely a question for the future to decide, the little experience gained by a single engagement in the China-Japan struggle hardly being enough for any one to generalize

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