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December 2, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(23):1432-1433. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450750052017

In a recent article1 Col. Dallas Bache, assistant surgeon-general IT. S. A., reviews the record of the late war as regards hospital nursing, and shows how, in the generally unprepared condition in which we entered it, the strain on the medical department was such that there was no other trained nursing force than women to be had, and that it was very properly drawn upon more extensively than would have been otherwise the case. This, however, does not in his opinion form a precedent to be followed in the future, and he details what he thinks are the limitations of the female nursing service in the army. In the regimental hospitals they Have never been even suggested, and the division hospital in its proper form and function is, he believes, no place for them. In the small post hospital, intended only for the sick of a regiment or less,