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Last year the medical officers of the army made an effort to have their corps enlarged to correspond with the increase of the military forces. They represented the insufficiency of 192 officers, the legal membership of their corps, to perform the various duties connected with the sanitation and care of the army, which at that time required 700 volunteer officers and surgeons on contract in addition to the regular medical force. They represented also that all the other staff corps had a larger percentage of officers of the higher grades than the medical staff, and petitioned for rank commensurate with their responsibilities. But the national legislative body appeared to think that so long as physicians and surgeons could be had in emergencies under contract there was no need to increase the membership and rank of the army medical department. Professional ability may be obtained under contract, particularly when the circumstances
THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(24):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450760052005
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