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September 24, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(13):730-731. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450130052007

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In the Journal of August 13, under the title "An Arraignment of the Army Medical Department," we discussed some of the criticisms of the work of Army medical officers elicited by their reported inability to provide for the comfort and surgical treatment of the wounded after the attack on the Spanish lines at Santiago, Cuba. Since then the newspapers have been filled with harrowing reports of suffering in the camps and hospitals, much of which has been attributed to the carelessness, incompetency and inhumanity of the medical men serving with our troops. From time to time the Surgeon-General has given to the press extracts from the reports of officers in active service with various commands, to correct the impressions made by the extravagant headlines and sensational exaggerations of certain of these newspapers. He has also given statements of the provision made for the sick on special occasions, when the charge

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