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December 14, 1901

The Surgical and Medical History of the Naval War Between Japan and China, During 1894-1895. Translated from the Original Japanese Report, Under the Direction of Baron Saneyoshi, F.R.C.S. Eng., Director-General of Medical Department of Imperial Japanese Navy, by S. Suzuki, M.R.C.S. Eng., L.r.C.P. Lond., Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets, Imperial Japanese Army.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1622-1623. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500050018

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If there was ever any question as to the standing of Japan as a civilized nation the edition of a work like this would help to settle it in the affirmative. This handsome volume contains an account of the medical side of the naval operations during the Japanese-Chinese war and is the first elaborate contribution to the medical history of extensive naval operations in war under modern conditions. In fact, the battle of Yaru, as the Japanese spell it, though we have been used to call it Yalu, is the most extensive conflict of which medical records are available in which ironclads and modern weapons were employed. Our Spanish-American war gives us very little medical history of this kind, as the casualties on the American ships were so few. If we could get the Spanish side of it this would probably be different, but circumstances will probably forever forbid that.

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