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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1063-1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460047010

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Adversity is not without benefit to man in whatever condition of his environment. The lesson may be bitter, but all the more effective and enduring for the scars that remain. The holocaust of the Windsor Hotel in New York awakened the community to a realization of the danger to life concealed by luxurious appointments; and the revelations of the character of the food imposed on the Government in the late war have attracted attention to the subsistence of soldiers and sailors that no amount of dispassionate appeal by the sanitary officers could ever have accomplished. Whatever the explanation of the evidently objectionable food—for which, if thorough investigation fixes the responsibility, due process of law should promptly bring condign punishment—the profession at large and especially the officers of the medical department are now concerned in knowing definitely what should constitute a soldier's ration. The question is in a measure simplified by

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