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September 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):545-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100055011

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For years the pension problem has been an embarrassment to the Government, and at the close of the pressnt hostilities the question may assume greater proportions. With the wisdom born of experience, plans of mitigation have already been devised to meet prospective difficulties. Throughout the late Civil War the cry was against "red tape" as being a cunning art of procrastination, and not much time was bestowed upon records. The medical department of the period was supposed to be sufficiently occupied with the sick and wounded in the gross. Persons were classified into cases, and thus this system, although of value as a contribution to medical history, was useless in identifications. Civil work was also neglected, principally on account of items absent from the blanks. Information was not expected and therefore not given. Besides, military activities due to a sudden expansion of the army were in the ascendant, levies of

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