JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(16):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480420043008.
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It seems to us unfortunate that at every national meeting of the Grand Army of the Republic there should be an official, or more or less official, attack on the pension department of the government. No nation has ever been more generous to its defenders; there is nothing in history that compares with its course in this respect. Nevertheless each year the representatives of the nearly one million pensioners attack the administration of the Bureau of Pensions for its watchfulness for the interests of the government. This year the medical officers of the bureau are the special objects of attack; they are charged with being narrow, according to the press reports, "even to the extent of requiring claimants to establish their right to a pension beyond all reasonable doubt." That, of course, a reasonable doubt as to its justice should not stand in the way of a pension, seems to


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