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The VA argued that testimony by General Frank Hines, the director of the Veterans' Bureau from 1923 to 1945, demonstrated that the original 1924 Act had a limited purpose: to provide compensation to veterans who were injured at a VA facility "as the result of accident or negligence of treatment or unskillfulness.
By contrast, patients and juries continued to accept much uncertainty in nonsurgical general and internal medicine, as the author of an early legal medical manual noted: "Strange as it may seem, one might, through unskillfulness, sacrifice a human life with more impunity than he could mutilate or deform a toe or finger".