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May 12, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190050011

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The New York Medical Journal comments with deserved severity on the treason, to the Geneva Cross, of a so-called hospital corps that went from this country to the Transvaal. No censure can be too strong for men who thus violate their voluntarily assumed obligations, nor, whatever our sympathies may be in other regards, can we justify the Boer Government for accepting them as militant recruits. It is said that the Boers as a class have a distrust of medical assistance from the outside and it is hinted, we hope unjustly, that they encouraged rather than otherwise the transformation of a hospital into a combatant force. So far as the facts have come to us there is enough to suggest greater care in those who have influence or interest in the international Red Cross movement in endorsing or recommending volunteer hospital corps for the present war, unless they go under particularly

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