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August 18, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(7):435-436. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460330039010

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A lady, Miss Margaret Astor Chanler, whose name suggests an amateur in philanthropy, according to the press reports, has sent to the War Department a severe criticism of the Army Medical Service in the Philippines, charging that there is a lack of surgeons, a lack of nurses, of medical supplies, etc., and asking that she be allowed at once 500 bed sheets for distribution. Copies of her complaint have been sent also to various persons of social prominence and thus a foundation for a sensational investigation is laid. The Surgeon-General of the Army, to whom the communication was referred by the Secretary of War, has, it is said, prepared a complete refutation both of the medical service in general and of the specific charges in particular. The original communications of Miss Chanler and Dr. Sternberg's reply have not been given to the public in extenso, but the correspondence is

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