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September 26, 1942

DIGESTIVE DISEASE AND MILITARY SERVICEWITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF THE U. S. ARMY

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Colonel, Medical Reserve, U. S. Army NEW YORK

JAMA. 1942;120(4):254-261. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830390004002
Abstract

DIGESTIVE DISEASE IN PEACE  The role played by digestive disease in military service has always been important. In our peacetime army this is clearly evident from the accurate statistics set forth in the Annual Reports of the Surgeon General. The latest available report,1 issued June 30, 1941, covers the calendar year 1940 and is typical of the experience of the past decade. Diseases of the digestive system ranked third as a cause for admission to sick report, the rate being 137 per thousand strength (chart 1); they ranked fourth as a cause of death, the rate being 0.20 per thousand strength (chart 2), causing 27 per cent of all deaths from disease; they ranked fifth as a cause of discharge for disability, the rate being 1.09 per thousand (chart 3); they ranked third as a cause of loss of time, the average daily noneffective rate per thousand strength being

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