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Last week we referred to some of the difficulties experienced by the Army Medical Department in organizing for field service. Today we purpose discussing the causes which have brought the Subsistence Department of the Army under criticism, because if our medical brethren in the field have a correct understanding of these causes they can do much to remove them and promote the comfort and well-being of the men in their commands.
According to newspaper reports from the various camps of our Volunteer Army many of the regiments are suffering from want of food; and acting on these reports the good people of the home localities have expressed groceries by the carload to supplement the reported insufficiency of the Army ration, while the Government has been criticised severely for its failure to provide needful subsistence to the men who have volunteered to fight their country's battles. Besides this, the belief is
THE RATION OF THE VOLUNTEER SOLDIER. JAMA. 1898;XXX(26):1524–1525. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440780038006
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