MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AND FITNESS FOR MILITARY SERVICE.
Correspondence. "Audi alteram
MEDICAL CERTIFICATES AND FITNESS FOR MILITARY SERVICE. To the Editor of THE LANCET.
Mission Hospital at Kalimpong, and at the Victoria Hospital in Darjeeling. The material is excellent, and the progress achieved in training is remarkable, reaching a standard far beyond that for which it seemed justifiable to hope a year ago. The result of this experiment in Bengal merits at least as close an interest on the part of the Indian community at large as does the training of Indian nurses in the Western Presidency to which you refer. I am, Sir, yours faithfully, CLAYTON LANE.
SiR,—I cannot agree with Surgeon-Captain G. Sherman Bigg, whose letter on this subject appeared in your issue of ALCOHOL IN THE TROPICS. Oct. 7th, that the civilian practitioner practically is bound To the Editor of THE LANCET. to give to a patient a certificate, but he words it in such a an that medical officer should be Lucas Benham could write about alcohol Dr. way intelligent military SIR,-How able to read between the lines," although no doubt this prac- as he does in your issue of Sept. 23rd passes my compretice has prevailed to some extent, and much of "the differ- hension. I am not a bigot. I use alcohol when indicated. ences of opinion " between military and civilian medical men Often I administer brandy to patients recovering from but the man in the East who commences to cholera, &c., may so be accounted for. One is well aware of the pressure that is brought to bear drink whisky, &c., is playing with fire ; he may not get upon the family doctor by anxious parents, interested burnt, but he generally does. I have been working in a business connexions, or the applicant himself, who is very Chinese port, and my experience all goes to prove that club apt to confuse his business interests with his health condi- life, lonely stations, human frailty-all tend to make easy the tion ; but it is the duty of the civilian practitioner to advise descent to a drunkard’s grave. his patient frankly whether there is or is not any physical or If Dr. Benham does not know this he has either gone mental condition rendering him wholly or partially unfit for through life with his eyes shut, or else has never lived in military service, and it seems to me that any certificate the tropics.-I am, Sir, yours faithfully, C. G. S. BARONSFEATHER, M.D. Dub. given for the consideration of the medical officer of the recruiting centre should plainly put the grounds upon which The military medical officer the medical opinion is based. cannot be expected to have time or inclination to "read between the lines."" MEDICAL WOMEN AND Of course, the last word must be with the responsible OF PAY. military medical officer, but in my experience he, as a rule, To the Editor of THE LANCET. gladly avails himself of any information given by private medical practitioners, when clearly expressed. SIR,—I write to draw attention to the worse terms offered I am, Sir, yours faithfully, to medical women as compared with men by both the R. DOUGLAS POWELL. Oct. 9th, 1916. Ministry of Munitions and the War Office. The former is trying to obtain women doctors for munition works at .E400 a year, while men receive