HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 cc355-6W

asked the Undersecretary of State for War whether a large number of American doctors have recently been sent, by arrangement with the British Government, to treat British wounded soldiers in France; whether the American degrees of such doctors have been recognised for this purpose; whether he is aware that American osteopathic doctors hold similar degrees and diplomas to those held by the doctors so sent to treat British wounded in France and are equally qualified to practice in the United States; and whether, in view of these facts, he will give permission to American osteopathic doctors, duly qualified in America, to attend to and treat British wounded in this country in cases where the patients may so desire?


A large number of doctors commissioned in the Army of the United States have been sent to Europe, and many of the most eminent practitioners in the United States are included. The American Government has commissioned the officers sent, and it is not proposed to look for any other security that these officers are qualified for the duties assigned to them.