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May 2, 1914

DISEASE DANGERS OF MEXICAN INVASION

JAMA. 1914;LXII(18):1403-1405. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560430033020

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Abstract

The possibility of war with Mexico has been before our people for some time; if a general war occurs it means invasion of Mexican territory. The question naturally arises, What are the disease dangers which will confront American soldiers in Mexico? It has long since passed into a truism that in war, disease kills more than bullets. Will this prove true in a Mexican war? The increased knowledge of preventive medicine since the Spanish-American War has encouraged the belief that the mortality from disease will be materially lessened. To what extent is this belief justified, and what are the diseases from which our troops may suffer in a tropical country and from which they should be protected?

Aside from the ordinary diseases which might prevail among any body of two or three hundred thousand men, there are certain diseases to which soldiers in camp and in the field are particularly

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