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October 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1033. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460420047009

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According to some of the sensational journals of the day, it would appear that the American army serving in the Orient was being decimated—if that is the word— by mental disorders. Thrilling statements as to the effects of climate and homesickness have been sent abroad and it would seem quite possible that they have caused serious distress to friends and some concern to well-wishers of our soldiers generally. According to a Washington dispatch, this anxiety is altogether needless. From reports received by the surgeon-general of the army, there have been only 84 cases of insanity last year among the troops in the Philippines, though from newspaper accounts there ought to have been ten times as many. There were, it is said, only 188 cases altogether in the whole army of over 100,000 men, which gives fully as favorable a percentage as we have in any class of our population. Moreover,

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