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September 3, 1898

The "Incompetent and Inefficient" Medical Department of the Army.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100057013

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New York, Aug. 27, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I have all along sympathized with Surgeon-General Sternberg for the load he has had to bear; but I did not fully appreciate the bearing of his burthen until I read the letter in your issue of August 20, (pp. 421-3). The wail of the "Late Major and Surgeon" [hinc illæ lachrymæ] recalls the complaint of the governor of a great State that the medical officers of the regiments from that State "could not get their prescriptions filled," who, when confronted with the Army Medical Supply Table, and told that it was the fault of those officers if they lacked anything, said: "Oh, yes, I have seen that, but I would like you to show me lactopeptin on it." "Lactopeptin! What would they want with lactopeptin?" "Why," said he, "most of these men have not been accustomed to the coarse army fare and

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