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ADEQUATE RANK AND AUTHORITY FOR ARMY MEDICAL OFFICERS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(4):284-285. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590310036011.
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No intelligent person, inside or outside the profession, is ignorant of the importance of medicine, both preventive and curative, in the world war now raging, on the final result of which depends the fate of many nations, including that of our own. In all the European countries engaged in this conflict, the value of the medical officer and his functions, with a few notable exceptions, seem to be fully appreciated. One of the most striking exceptions is fully discussed in a recent report on the causes of the failure of the British expedition in Mesopotamia. This report, made by a board of nonmedical men, shows that lack of coordination between the chief of staff and the medical officers was an important factor in the failure of the expedition. Medical officers were not sufficiently informed of the extra demands likely to be made on their department, and when the stress came

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