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September 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):503-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450100001002

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Nearly five months of continuous service with the army in the camp and field has afforded me an excellent opportunity to make a practical study of the above subject. This time was spent in Camp Tanner, Springfield, Ill.; Camp George H. Thomas, Chickamauga, Ga., and the Cuban campaign, the time being about equally divided in the different places. The first four weeks were occupied in Camp Tanner, where I assisted in the capacity of Surgeon-General of the State in the organization of the State troops. This service brought me into closer contact with the National Guard of our State than at any time before. A physical and professional examination in which I took part brought out the shady as well as the sunny side of their qualifications. The result of my experience here convinced me that the average National Guard surgeon is a faithful doctor, with more than average professional

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