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December 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(24):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450240027002h

At my request, Dr Mariano Ojuna, surgeon in chief of the military hospital at Santiago de Cuba, kindly sent me, on Aug. 19, 1898, some notes which I offer as a small but interesting contribution to a very important subject. Dr. Ojuna regretted his inability to prepare a more elaborate report, being at the time exceedingly busy in superintending the transfer of the sick and wounded to the Spanish transports. But first a few preliminary remarks.

He states that 541 wounded—43 officers and 498 men came into the military hospital for treatment. Of the killed he makes no mention. As this hospital was the only available one, we may infer that all the wounded really hors de combat were admitted to it. On the other hand, according to the official Spanish report, the casualties were as follow: Killed, officers 17, men 107; wounded, officers 59, men 556; missing, officers 7,