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June 29, 1918


Author Affiliations

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

From the Cantonment Laboratory, Base Hospital, Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky.

JAMA. 1918;70(26):2006-2011. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010260008006b

During the past winter, necropsies were performed in sixty-two cases at Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky. The patients were soldiers, with one exception white, native born, physically and mentally sound, in the third decade of life, most of them country bred and from the central states. This uniformity of type permits comparative study.

The pathologic observations hereinafter described will confirm and amplify the observations reported by H. L. Alexander1 that the infections at this camp underwent a changing history from pneumococcal, to measles, to streptococcal. It is shown that with the changes of the etiologic agent there was a distinct change in the pathologic condition of the lungs, parenchymatous organs and serous surfaces. The clinical side has been presented by Fox and Hamburger.2

In the fall of 1917, the etiologic agent was the pneumococcus with its customary results. Measles appeared late in October, causing the first death, November 7,