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July 2, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(1):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450010041007

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As a people we are learning by experience that it takes time to turn out a volunteer army of 125,000 men fully armed and equipped. Early in April, when the war cloud was gathering, we read in our newspapers about the active work of preparation going on in the armories, and how this and the other regiment was ready to take the field at an hour's notice. In fact, we were led to believe that when the call to arms should sound the quota of each State would be ready to fall in. And grave doubts arose in our mind as to whether, in the short time that would be needful to form the regiments into brigades and divisions for purposes of field command, the medical department would be able to put itself on a fighting basis with field hospitals and ambulance companies properly manned and efficiently equipped. We were

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