H. A. Bruce was forced to apologize after his report falsely accused Colonel Donald Armour of wrongly performing an operation.
Bruce claimed that he was misled by a subordinate officer.
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3 January (1916?)
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
Colonel Bruce makes apology.
Tells Col. Armour the criticism of him was result of being misled.
London, Jan. 3. We learn that Col. Herbert A. Bruce since the issue of the Baptie report I sent to Surgeon-Colonel Donald
Armour a letter of explanation, apparently intended as an apology, concerning his (Bruce's) criticism of Armour's
work. Colonel Bruce reported that an operation had been wrongly performed by Armour, whereas the operation indicated had never
been performed. The Baptie Commission investigated the matter fully, and found Col. Bruce's allegations entirely wrong.
Col. Bruce's letter to Armour states that he, Bruce, was misled by a subordinate officer, who did not follow orders.
Colonel Armour, speaking to the Canadian Associated Press tonight, said: "As a Canadian practising in London and in close
touch with the medical services since the beginning of the war, I am prepared to say that the Baptie report is just what one
with such experiences mine would have expected. Gen. Jones' work has been passed all praise, considering the circumstances,
and for Dr. Bruce, without any military experience or knowledge of military organization or military surgery, to issue a partisan
report is disgraceful."