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April 13, 1940

Government Services

JAMA. 1940;114(15):1469-1470. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810150055018

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Abstract

Report on Health of Army  As in the preceding five years, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death in the United States Army in 1938, according to the annual report of the surgeon general.Injuries of all types caused 313 deaths and diseases caused 282. The leading causes, which were responsible for 70 per cent of all deaths, were: motor vehicle accidents 89, suicides 72, air transport accidents 55, diseases of the coronary arteries and angina pectoris 48, cancer and other malignant tumors 30, accidental drowning 22, pneumonia 29, appendicitis 18, tuberculosis 17, homicides 14, apoplexy 12 and accidental falls 11.The strength of the army in 1938 was 182,815, about 7,191 more than in 1937. The average officer strength was 11,628.The number of admissions to sick report was 99,086, which was 9 per cent less than in 1937, although the army strength was 4 per cent

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