The venereal disease incidence in the American Expeditionary Forces is considered as probably much lower than that ever obtained in our own army or in any other army operating in Europe. This opinion is not susceptible of proof as regards the armies in Europe, as the methods of reporting cases and estimating rates are not comparable. In the American army, cases were found largely as the result of physical inspections held at least twice a month, while in most other forces only those cases in which excuse from duty was granted or hospitalization occurred became known.
THE VENEREAL DISEASE RATE
The American incidence rate, based on inspection and stated in annual rates per thousand, varied for the greater part of the time during which American troops were present in large numbers in France between 62 and 31, averaging in the neighborhood of forty-five cases per thousand men per annum. This
ASHBURN PM. FACTORS MAKING FOR A LOW VENEREAL RECORD IN THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES. JAMA. 1919;73(24):1824–1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610500014005
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