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March 6, 1943

Silent Enemies: The Story of the Diseases of War and Their Control

JAMA. 1943;121(10):795. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840100081040

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The success of Dr. Hill's contribution "Germs and the Man" has led her to reflect for the public interest some of those conditions caused by bacteria which are particularly a problem of war. Thus she has sections on the tropical diseases, the plagues, wounds and burns, the respiratory diseases, filth, venereal diseases and the viruses. The final chapter indicates the tremendous scope of the postwar problem, which involves the freeing of the world from the menace of all the various forms of contagion likely to become widespread by the movement of great bodies of troops. The health problems of relief and reconstruction abroad, including the care of refugees, are likely to be almost as difficult a task as the winning of the war itself. Badly needed, says Dr. Hill, is a chemical coup for the viruses equivalent to what the sulfonamides have done for the bacteria. Needed also are drugs

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