The irrelevant caption, "A Military Christian Scientist," which was given to an article in your recent issue, quoting a barber-surgeon of the sixteenth century military life, in remarks about medical quacks tearing into strips the shirt of a wounded nobleman, placing the strips crosswise on the wounds, eating a diet of prunes, and so forth, in unsuccessful treatment of the latter's wounds, can have no other purpose than invidious comparison. In consonance with your usual fairness will you please give space to this reply? The article indicates that the nobles had personal physicians, but that the common soldiers had barber-surgeons or adventurers for their sole reliance.
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