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Annual Report on Health of the Army
Loss of time in the U. S. Army during the calendar year 1939 was the lowest for over twenty years, with a noneffective rate of 26.6 per thousand of army strength, according to the report of the surgeon general for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1940.The strength of the army in 1939 was 191,551. Toward the end of the year inactive units were activated, new units were established and the Puerto Rican Department was set up.Gonorrhea caused the greatest loss of time, with 175,055 days. Athletic exercises were second with 82,250 days lost, then acute nasopharyngitis with 72,921 days lost, motor vehicle accidents 67,028, tuberculosis 65,126, accidental falls 60,560, appendicitis 59,727, syphilis 46,384, hernia 45,000, bronchitis 39,359, trichophytosis 35,192 and chronic tonsillitis 32,918.Army hospitals carried an average daily load of 10,124 patients, 4,753 of whom were military personnel. Absence
Government Services. JAMA. 1941;116(26):2879. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820260053017