In his annual report1 for 1908 Surgeon-General O'Reilly gives some interesting information in regard to the health and sanitary conditions of the army at home and abroad. Admission, death, discharge and non-effective rates are all better than for last year and show progressive improvement since 1898. The improvement is principally in the group of preventable diseases, except tuberculosis and malaria. The admission rates for typhoid fever and for malarial fevers are the lowest of which there is any record in the surgeon-general's office.
As regards tuberculosis, the conditions are unsatisfactory. The measures suggested to control tuberculosis are greater care in the examination of recruits to exclude incipient cases, and better housing conditions, including larger initial air space and more effective ventilation. With regard to venereal diseases, it is hoped to accomplish something by teaching the enlisted men personal hygiene and by getting a better class of men, but it
REPORT OF THE SURGEON-GENERAL OF THE ARMY FOR 1908.. JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1872–1873. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540220044006