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Medical Department of the Army.

--A friend suggests to us that the efficiency of the medical department of the army would be greatly promoted by establishing grades of rank in that as in the military departments, so as to insure the supervision of a responsible head over the whole department. We hear complaints and execrations, not loud but deep, of neglect of duty, and even harshness to the sick in some quarters. Knowing nothing of these charges personally, we can only say that if half we have heard be true, a searching investigation ought to be instituted, incompetent, negligent, and inhuman officials be discharged, and a system adopted which shall ensure the faithful, kind, and intelligent treatment of the gallant men who have offered their lives in behalf of their country, and who deserve all the love, attention, and gratitude in every form that the country can bestow.

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