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September 17, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):654-656. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450120028002l

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Unrest, criticism and grumbling are the accompaniments and heritage of every war. These symptoms of war fever have been unusually well developed during the war just ended, and they will be discussed for a long time after the treaty of peace has been signed. After an uninterrupted reign of peace for more than thirty years, the war cloud that came upon us so suddenly and unexpectedly provoked a commotion among the people unparalleled in degree and extent since the War of the Rebellion. All eyes were turned in the direction of the seat of war, and the contents of our enterprising and prolific newspapers were devoured with an eagerness unknown in any other country. It is strange that with all this great national unrest the current of commerce and business pursued its natural course. While our troops were engaged in war in foreign lands, the tilling of the soil the

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