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Books, Journals, New Media
July 28, 2004

Military Medical History

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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(4):506-507. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.506-b

Vincent Cirillo has written a small book about a small war that had a big impact on military medicine. The seldom remembered Spanish-American War—it was the answer to the $32 000 question on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" last September—was America's first overseas effort at empire-building and the last conflict in which more soldiers died from diseases than from clashes with the enemy. For every soldier killed in combat, seven others died from typhoid, malaria, dysentery, and yellow fever. Most of them died without leaving their stateside encampments. The resulting public outcry became a political crisis for President McKinley and an army still mired in the practices and mindset of the Civil War.

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