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July 30, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450050048009

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Medical officers returned from Cuba with sick and wounded from General Shafter's command have given us interesting details of the medical and surgical work during and after the engagements at Santiago. On the debarkation of troops at Baiquiri they were pushed rapidly forward, each man carrying his blanket roll and three days' rations. Regimental surgeons with their hospital corps men accompanied their respective commands; but all regimental medical and surgical chests, dressings, etc., were of necessity left behind, as no horses or mules had as yet been landed. Surgeons applied to higher authority for their medical property and sent back to Baiquiri to endeavor to recover it; but in the meantime the vessels, emptied of troops, had been ordered out of the harbor and had gone to ports unknown or lay too far out at sea, with no way of communicating with them. Ultimately a launch was procured and some

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