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January 24, 1942

Medical Diseases of War

JAMA. 1942;118(4):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830040073033

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This rather small book is a revision of Hurst's Medical Diseases of the War published in 1916. The collaborators mentioned have assisted in bringing it up to date. The brief chapter on skin diseases is included because "no less than 30 per cent of medical casualties in the British Expeditionary Force in the last war were the result of scabies and pediculosis." Transmissible diseases discussed carefully and well, although briefly, include amebic and bacillary dysentery, typhoid (para-typhoid) and trench fevers, meningitis, tetanus, infectious jaundice and malaria, which "easily took first place in diseases responsible for casualties in 1914-1918." A short chapter is devoted to gas poisoning. It is surprising to note that about 20 per cent of the men discharged from the British army at present have peptic ulcer. Approximately 90 per cent of these ulcers had been present before induction of the soldiers into the army. Nearly a third

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