The recent great conflict, despite the abundant means of mechanical conveyances. has demonstrated that the days of marching are not over; and has shown vividlN and most impressively the extreme prevalence of minor foot ailments occurring not only on 'the march, disabling and incapacitating many otherwise useful men, but also in the barracks resulting from drill and extended guard duty. These disabled men, often numerous, most assuredly must not all be sent to the Medical Officer who would be overcome by the weight of numbers and unable to give each man adequate and individual attention. Again, he would be prevented from accomplishing other important work connected with the organization.

The Medical Officer should supervise the work of prevention and remedy of foot ailments; only attending personally to the severe cases. To these, he can give his undivided attention procuring quicker and better results and thus lessen materially the total number of sick days. The urgent need of today is men trained in the remedying of minor foot ailments could apportion to different organizations according to the strength of the latter.

Those interested in this subject have proposed that selected enlisted men, but preferably hospital corpsmen, with some previous medical experience, be trained and instructed in a school of foot care at the central training post of the Corps; and from here sent to different minor posts and organizations on duty in the tropics and elsewhere. These men, however, would perform their regular duties in addition to this special detail. Working under the constant supervision of a Medical Officer the work would be correctly done and many benefits derived therefrom.