October 13, 1917


Author Affiliations

Lieutenant-Colonel, Medical Corps, U. S. Army LONDON, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(15):1257-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910420004011a

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What will be the history of these diseases in the new Army now being raised? This question is of utmost importance to the country at large for these reasons:

  1. These diseases constitute the greatest factor producing nonefficiency in armies in training.

  2. The increase of damage to the national health through the spread of these diseases.

  3. The unprecedented opportunity afforded by the concentration of such a large proportion of the male population for public education on these diseases.

War always means the interruption and dislocation of existing conditions. The greater and larger the war and the larger the proportion of the population involved, the more extensive is the effect on the national life.

The history of these diseases in the armies, and more particularly in our own, will give us a safe indication of what may be reasonably expected under the same conditions. But today we are in possession of knowledge

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