JAMA. 1898;XXXI(23):1373-1374. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450230045007.
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Without any desire on our part to belittle the sufferings of the United States troops in the recent Spanish War, in the sense that we are desirous of withholding from them the credit for bravery which they deserve, we have felt all along, and have expressed in these pages our belief that much of the suffering was one of the necessities of the war rather than that due to carelessness or criminal negligence of those who are in authority. This country had been so long blessed with peace, and its people had been for so long unacquainted with the conditions which necessarily arise before, during or after battle, that they had not provided sufficient means for meeting emergencies, and did not at first grasp the impossibility of carrying on an active campaign without the surgical failures which, however much they may be deplored, were to a great extent unavoidable.



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