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October 5, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(14):1189-1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530140035006

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In his annual report for 1907, published Sept. 26, 1907, Surgeon-General O'Reilly gives some interesting information in regard to the health and sanitary condition of the army at home and abroad. The admission and death rates are both lower than for many years past, the death rate being less than that for any similar period since the occupation of tropical countries in 1898. In the United States proper the death rate for disease, 2.84 per thousand of mean strength, is the lowest of which there is any record in the Surgeon-General's office.

Venereal diseases were again by far the most important factor affecting the efficiency of the army during the year. There were constantly on sick report for this class of diseases 739 men, equivalent to a loss to the whole army for the entire year of the services of about eleven full companies of infantry. Next after venereal diseases

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