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January 5, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(1):30-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470010030001g

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In a number of islands, stretched out through a thousand miles of the greatest of oceans, is the United States Army of occupation in the Philippines, holding positions in the interior of islands as large as the State of Ohio, many of whose inhabitants had never before seen the faces of white men. With the troops combating diseases of new type, among barbarous communities ignorant of all sanitary precautions, is the army surgeon, attempting to carry with him the principles and appliances of modern science necessary to the preservation of life, in a climate that is strange to him and which impels a study of its peculiarities at the same time that it increases his work. The medicines, instruments and foods necessary for the victims of wounds and disease in these remote places must be carried, with difficulties of which even the quartermaster's department is scarcely competent to judge. Troops

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