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October 1, 1898

THE SUFFERING OF TROOPS ON TRANSPORTS.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):800. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140054008

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Abstract

The daily press of this country has told us of the foul condition of the ships used in transporting troops from Santiago to Montauk Point, and of the bad water, bad food and bad treatment which our unfortunate soldiers received during the voyage which brought them from the field of victory, and of subsequent prostration by disease, to a convalescent camp in the United States. No doubt there was much suffering on many of the troop ships. The men were broken down by their exposures and by attacks of yellow fever, malarial diseases and dysentery. Their transportation was decided upon to avoid the greater danger of a continued stay in the miasmatic locality which had sapped their strength. Great danger attached to the process of removal. Great care had to be exercised by medical officers at the point of embarkation to prevent the dissemination of yellow fever in these crowded

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