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June 8, 1918


Author Affiliations

(Philadelphia) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; (Chicago) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army CAMP ZACHARY TAYLOR, LOUISVILLE, KY.

From the Laboratory and Medical Services, Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky.

JAMA. 1918;70(23):1758. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010230004008a

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It was expected that the acute respiratory diseases would share with meningitis the responsibility for the morbidity and mortality of the Army camps. It was, however, the pneumococcus from which it was thought the greatest number of infections would come, so that the history of the acute infections of Camp Zachary Taylor was as surprising as it was interesting. Pneumonia in its lobar form, due to the pneumococcus, appeared early in the autumn months and has continued at the rate of about fifty cases a month ever since, a summary of which is given in the accompanying tabulation.

The field was soon occupied by the streptococcus, which did not confine itself to the respiratory tract, but extended its malign influence to practically every tissue of the body, appearing, indeed, in the form of an epidemic infective agent. Chronologically, measles appeared after the pneumococcic pneumonias, typical in character, moderate in severity

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