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Science and Military Surgery

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IT is matter of no small interest at the present time to know something of the scientific position of our Army Medical Service. The question has two aspects—first, the purely professional and technical; and second, the general and scientific. In former times sick and wounded soldiers in all services had inadequate care bestowed on them, bat for many years past the advance of humane principles, and improvements in education and in all manner of appliances, have been gradually making way in different European armies; and at this time we are presented with the astonishing spectacle of distinct corps of men and women, many of them of noble and gentle birth, following the example first set by Florence Nightingale, leaving their families and homes to accompany armed hosts to the battle field—their lives considered sacred by both sides—with the single object of conveying away poor wounded men as speedily as possible to shelter and to surgical and nursing care.

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Science and Military Surgery. Nature 2, 329–330 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/002329a0

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