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July 2, 1898

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLOTHING IN WAR.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450010043009

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Abstract

Medical men on reading the heading of this article would naturally think that we purposed referring to texture, porosity, conductivity, and with Cuba and the Philippines constantly in mind, to the importance of protection from chill; but clothing is important from another point of view as was brought to our notice by a column in the Daily Mail of May 11, 1898, on "Why British Officers in India are so Often Killed." Captain Norton, M.P., holds that as these officers wear a different head-dress from that of the native officers and troops under them, they are rendered especially distinguishable to the enemy's marksmen. This danger in modern warfare has long been recognized in Europe; but in native regiments in India where all but the English officers wear an Eastern head-dress while the pith helmets of the latter are a fatal distinction. It is gratifying to know that the needful protection

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