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CHARLES S. TRIPLER, M.D.,
of the University of the State of New York,
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, August 1st, 1858.
This Manual is published by authority of the Department of War, as a guide to Recruiting and Medical Officers, and Boards of Inspectors in the inspection of Recruits.
The Standards herein proposed will govern as nearly as possible both in the enlistment and rejection of Recruits.
Disqualifications rejected Recruits will be described in the Certificates of Disability, as nearly as practicable in the nomenclature and phraseology herein employed.
To aid in the inspection, the following rules will be observed.
1.-Recruits will be washed before they are presented for inspection, that the concealment of defects may be thus prevented.
2.-Each Rendezvous is to be provided from the Recruiting Funds with a Tape Measure for measuring the Chest, &c. 3.-Blank forms to be used in inspecting Recruits according
directions herein, wil be rnished fro the Adjutant General's Office. They are to be filled up at the time of the first inspection for enlistment, and are to accompany the Recruit as his personal description, and as a guide to the subsequent inspections. By order of the Secretary of War,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Asst. Adjt. General.
The following pages have been prepared as the first part of a projected MANUAL for the MEDICAL OFFICERS of the ARMY of the UNITED STATES. The urgent want of some Standard and Guide in the Inspection of Recruits has induced their publication in advanoe of the remainder of tne work.
The Aide Memoire de l'Officier de Sante for the French Army, has been taken as the basis of the work, and has been freely used in this part. It was the original intention of the Author simply to translate the French work for the use of his colleagues; but upon a critical examination, it was found to contain so much that was redundant, and to be defective in so much that was essential for our own service, that this idea was abandoned, and it was determined to employ it as a basis only. At the same time the arrangement of the French Manual appeared to be so judicious, it was considered best to adhere to that generally, which has been done. The works of others, however, as well as experience and observation of the Author, have been drawn upon to make the work as useful as possible. Practical utility, rather than originality, has been the aim of the writer.