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June 2, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(22):1423-1424. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460220053016

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The success of the medical arrangements for the present war in South Africa has been so complete and so generally commended that we are apt to think they do things altogether better over there than we can here. Our many shortcomings in the medical management of the recent Spanish-American War, as worked up more Americano by the yellow press, are apt to occur to us in striking contrast. Now comes, however, a correspondent of the London Times, who points out that the medical outfitting of a single army corps with its lines of communications, exhausted England's home supply of medical officers, and that the favorable outcome so far has been due not to foresight and due provision for all possible needs, but to a singular good fortune. Thus far the war has not been on any wholesale scale, the engagements have been mostly small and insignificant, as compared with European

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