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September 17, 1898


Author Affiliations

Major and Chief Surgeon, U. S. V., Commanding Second Division, First Army Corps Hospital.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):650-652. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450120024002j

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My apology for intruding upon the columns of the Journal is multiple. I am a veteran of the Civil War, and I did duty upon the battle-field of Chickamauga, upon which I have been again on duty since the 7th day of July. My knowledge of hospitals is of long duration, and extends to the hospitals of Europe as well as those of our own country. Moreover, while the hospital under my command needs no defense for its efficiency under my own administration, I feel that my colleagues in the army and in other hospitals have been most unrighteously abused—from the Surgeon-General at Washington to the humblest lieutenant serving as an assistant-surgeon in the regiments. In this defense of a noble profession, I do not excuse dereliction of duty or stupidity in any medical officer. Occasionally a medical officer is found who is incompetent, not always because of want of

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