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September 30, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(14):866-867. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450660056012

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The English people, while comparatively pachydermatous as regards criticism from without, do not take kindly to public acknowledgements of their faults from home sources, even in a modified and comparatively harmless way. Dr. Ogston's recent address on the faults of the British army and navy medical services has therefore stirred up something of a wasp's nest sort of turmoil. Army and navy surgeons are inclined to resent some of his criticisms, and medical men in civil life have found some features of his address inacceptable. We wonder what the British public would have to say to such rampant criticism of all kinds as everything in our late unpleasantness with Spain received from responsible and irresponsible writers last year. It would be a new experience to them, but we can dismiss it from our imaginations as an impossibility in any country but our own. The saving fact is that we know

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