JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Oct. 22, 1900.
To the Editor:—Sensational paragraphs
have appeared in the daily papers concerning the prevalence of insanity among
our troops in the Philippines and these paragraphs have found their way into
our medical journals and have been commented on by editorial and other writers.
To clear up this matter I am authorized to state to you what Surgeon-General
Sternberg has said officially on the subject. A summary of his report has
been given to the press, but the summary touches lightly on the question,
giving merely the absolute number of cases reported. In his full report he
shows that the admission rate for the army in 1898 was 1.8 per 1000 men and
in 1899, 1.78. The latter rate is higher than the mean annual rate of the
decade 1888-97, which was 1.7, but it was exceeded by the rate of one of the
years of the decade, the year 1892, when the rate was 1.79. He continues:
Alleged Insanity in the Army.. JAMA. 2000;284(15):1901. doi:10.1001/jama.284.15.1901