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Gentlemen of the Army Medical School:
With the appointment in 1789 of a surgeon and four surgeon's mates to the regiment of infantry and battalion of artillery begins the history of the Medical Department of the United States Army. For more than a hundred years it has had the respect of the country and the profession; especially since 1832, when the rule was established that entrance to it should be through examination, severe yet fair, having regard to professional and general education and to physical and mental aptitude for service, a rule that so far as I know has never but once been set aside, except with reference to Medical Inspectors during the rebellion. What has this picked body of medical men done to entitle it to such respect, and what in deeds and words has it added to the stock of professional knowledge upon which all the world is
CONNER PS. ADDRESS AT THE CLOSING EXERCISES OF THE ARMY MEDICAL SCHOOL, WASHINGTON, D. C., APRIL 1, 1898. JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):941–944. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440690001001
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