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September 1, 1900

Alleged Army Medical Abuse.

Author Affiliations

Lieut.-Col., Deputy Surg.-Gen'l, U. S. A.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(9):571. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460350041015

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Washington, D. C., August 21, 1900.

To the Editor:  —We have been reading recently in the daily press and medical journals about the shortcomings of the British Army Medical Department in Southern Africa. During the active progress of the war we heard nothing but words of praise for the devotion to duty of the Medical Department and its foresight in providing all that was needful for the care of the wounded hundreds of miles from the base of supplies. General officers, themselves wounded, testified to the admirable management which brought their wounded men from the field and transported them in comfort to the base hospitals at Cape Town. Kipling has told the story of one hospital train on its way to the front and thence back to the general hospitals with its load of disabled men. His brilliant description of the return trip conveys a sense of the restfulness and

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