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January 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(2):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470020041011

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In this issue there appears a communication from the President of The American Medical Association in regard to the pending bill for reorganization of the army in so far as it involves the medical department. Dr. Reed shows how the proposed change in the original bill will affect the standing of the medical corps and through it the welfare of the army. It is a fact, but one only beginning to be occasionally appreciated and quickly forgotten again, that the medical department is the most important one in the army in time of war; it is practically the first line of defense and a most indispensable adjunct in offensive operations. In modern war disease is the worst enemy to be met, and it is only exceptionally that it is not responsible for the greatest mortality and combatant inefficiency. An insufficient, untrained

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