Men who have been operated on successfully for inguinal hernia and show no sign of recurrence at the time of examination are accepted for general military service, both among applicants for enlistment and among registrants for the selective service. It is now under consideration to accept both applicants for enlistment and registrants in the selective draft who are suffering with inguinal hernia of certain types, and to subject them to operation after they have become soldiers. This will undoubtedly admit many men otherwise physically fit into the Army.
There is, however, a small group of hernias, which can be easily recognized at the first examination, for which up to the present time operations failed to result in a cure in from 20 to 50 per cent. of cases. I called attention1 to this small group of inguinal hernia in 1899. Among 243 cases of inguinal hernia, this type occurred
BLOODGOOD JC. SOME HERNIAS THAT DISQUALIFY FOR MILITARY SERVICE, WHETHER OPERATED ON OR NOT. JAMA. 1918;70(8):515. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010080001007