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August 13, 1898

Flannel Underclothing for Soldiers.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(7):364. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450070042011

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Clinton, Ill., Aug. 6, 1898.

To the Editor:  —There has been a good deal said of late about our soldiers in Cuba wearing abdominal bandages, "cholera pads" to protect them from diseases of hot climates. I do not think much of the pad. I think it would be better protection and more sensible to furnish each man with two pairs of flannel drawers, which would protect the soldier's legs as well as his abdomen. The extra pair could be kept dry and clean ready for a change and would make but little additional weight or bulk to carry.I agree with Surgeon-General Sternberg that the field is no place for female nurses. They are all right in the local hospitals, but the battle-field and on the march is not their place. It was so during the Civil War and it can not be otherwise in the war with Spain.

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