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September 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):541. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100051005

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When volunteer troops are to be mustered into the service of the United States, the one point of interest is the physical examination by the medical officer or medical examining board. If the physical condition of the candidate for military service is such as to enable him to pass this examination successfully, the remainder of the process is easily accomplished; but in the mustering out of volunteer troops there is necessarily more of what is usually called red tape by those whose cerebral masses are incompetent to understand the details needful to bring a complicated piece of business to a successful conclusion in the simplest way. The debtor and creditor side of the sheet between each officer and man of a command and the United States Government must have each entry accurately specified, so that when a last payment is made by the paymaster, a balance is effected and the

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