Thirty-Fourth Division, Camp Cody, Deming, N. M.
INSTRUCTION OF MEDICAL OFFICERS
Recently an order was issued from Washington requiring courses of instruction for medical officers with divisions. Such a course of instruction was instituted in Camp Cody, October 1, ten days in advance of the receipt of the order. It is designed to cover the work that will be required of medical officers in campaign, and includes sanitation in camp and on the march, the care of the person, foods, cooking and mess management, as well as the study of Army Regulations, Manual of the Medical Department, organization of the Army, relation of the Medical Department to the rest of the Army, and other administrative work which is essential in an effective organization, and in which the Medical Department necessarily plays a very large part. The course is objective and practical, and includes participation in regimental, brigade and divisional maneuvers.
In the more specifically medical part of the course, regular conferences are held in the wards of. the base hospital, at which regimental surgeons and others discuss with the hospital staff cases which they have sent in, paying especial attention to those in which the diagnosis at the base hospital differs from that on admission.
Lectures by specialists present with the division, or sent for the purpose, deal with various departments of military medicine and surgery, diseases incident to life in the trenches, gas poisoning, and the special conditions that the Medical Department is likely to have to meet during the present war.
The physicians who have exchanged civilian life for the orderly round of military duties in the camp are finding the work heavy but full of professional and human interest. All are finding the well ordered life in the mountain air good for health and spirits, and are happy in the consciousness of giving increasingly efficient service to the United States. – Copyright jama.ama-assn.org