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December 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(24):1425-1426. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450240041007

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There has been so much denunciation of the sanitary conduct of the war that it is hoped is now over, and some of it undoubtedly based on real defects of management, that we have almost come to accept it as, in this respect, a terrible example of how such things ought not to have been done. In this country we reverse the practice of everywhere else and publish all our errors and deficiencies, so that all the world knows them; there is no limit to the scandalous chronicles given out, often without judgment or basis of truth. Elsewhere public policy and national pride tend to suppress disagreeable truths, and there is no such wholesale newspaper criticism of everything that can by any possibility be made to show a bad side.

The recent Egyptian campaign, in which Great Britain has just been so successfully engaged, has been held up to us

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