they are ponderous and impossible. In the Army Captains and Subalterns, by an unwritten

stance,

law, address their seniors in field rank by their

In the medical branch of the service this respectful form of unofficial address is impostitles.

sible if the whole title must be employed. No one in ordinary conversation would care to beaddressed

as

Brigade-Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel

would many venture to use such a title. Unfortunately, owing to the ambiguity of the

nor

gettc.

Jttdiait JflcdiflitI

wording of the Royal

Warrant the

military titles

of Medical Officers as affecting their relations to their brother officers have been left in an unsettled state, which is a continual source of irritation to Army Medical Officers, causes grave

DECEMBER 1894.

dissatisfaction and

titles

medical officers in the ARMY.

of

Officers of the Indian Medical Service have Never

titles Stuff.

felt

so

of military Army Medical

strongly on the question in the

confreres

their This is

as

probably

due to the

more

elastic

conditions of the Indian Medical Service, a large members are engaged in proportion of whose rank and titles do not where civil appointments life. The title of concern their evety-day

doctor is the honorable one by which the}'' are addressed and which stamps them in the social scale in relation to other civilians. No questions of rank arise

and,

it is doubtless

partly owing struggle for military

that the titles in which the Officers of the Army Medical Staff have been engaged has not secured from to

this

reason

the Indian Medical Service as a whole that active sympathy and support which might at first have been expected. Yet whatever advan-

Warrant

was

terpreted

in

keeps open the sore the intended to heal. The Warrant inunbiassed

an

been drafted

on

basis; but still interpretation if, as is

it is open to a less liberal frequently the case, there is It states that of

Army

our

a

motive for

so

"

doing.

the substantive ranks of Officers Medical Staff shall be as follows:

ranks shall carry

These

to have

manner seems

the most liberal

precedence

and other

to the rank indicated

advantages attaching the military portion of is

110

the title. *.*

*"

by

There

ambiguity about precedence, but uncertainty as regards the phrase other advantages?

exists

whether it includes the of the

portion Major or his

use

of the

military

that

title, is, whether a SurgeonSurgeon-Colonel is to be addressed by

in every branch of the service as Colonel. Medical Officers do not know

juniors

Major

or

do other officers, consequently it is left to individual taste. While some officers address a Surgeon-Major as Major, others call him doctor

nor

have been gained by the Army Medical Officers has been freely extended to the Officers of the Indian Medical Service; and now, the

and in numerous instances Medical Field Officers are addressed by their surnames by Subalterns of other branches of the service. Under these

to the new is admitted it that the titles has passed away, been secured by the substantive rank which has a distinct and real advantage, and is agitation

circumstances it is not surprising that a constant feeling of irritation exists, preventing friendly

tages

strangeness

of

novelty attaching

grievance of the Medical Officers of was not imaginary but against which Army which there was just cause for complaint. There can be no doubt that Medical Officers are quite satisfied with the rank accorded by the

removes a

the

Royal Warrant; they

are

tinctly inconvenient;

for

also satisfied with the

present titles for official purposes; but for other than official purposes the lengthy titles are dis-

colloquial uses,

for in-

intercourse with junior officers, when a slight be either intentionally or otherwise inflicted on a senior officer by an}7 junior who refuses to adopt the long official title or its military termican

It is

probable that the colloquial use military portion of the title was intended,

nation. the it is the

undoubtedly one advantages which

of the the

of as

greatest among

military part of the title confers. It has been read in this light in the sister Veterinary Department where it is the custom to address a Veterinary Major as Major ;

INDIAN MEDICAL GAZETTE.

462

but, curiously enough, this practice has been discouraged by many military officers commanding, and by others, in the case of the Army Medical Staff, because it has not been distinctly specified This,

in the Warrant. medied

by

some one

in

use

between we

authority

should be the

on

of the

advantages title in the

junior

and senior officers.

one

subject by

intended is

relationship This

settle all further discontent

rank question. do not desire

Army to

re-

in which it should be

military

believe,

thing

think,

of the

stated that the

we

distinct utterance

a

Medical Officers

represent

else than doctors.

as a

themselves

They

are as

would, on

the

body

as

anyof

proud

their work as any other branch of the service. Yet they feel, as members of the military service, that there is

no

mitted to

enjoy

privileges

as

reason

in the

for them not

Army

the

other officers of the

being same

same

pertitle

rank.

We trust that the Officers of the Indian Medical Service will do all in their power to help their confreres in the Army Medical Staff on this matter.

[Deo.

1894.

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