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February 8, 1941

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1941;116(6):512-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820060060017
Abstract

ESTABLISHMENT OF A BOARD FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF INFLUENZA AND OTHER EPIDEMIC DISEASES IN THE ARMY  Following is a statement sent by Surgeon General James C. Magee to the Adjutant General on Dec. 27, 1940:The present expansion of the Army has been accompanied by an increase in influenza and other acute respiratory diseases among troops. In certain localities these diseases have reached epidemic proportions, but fortunately they are still relatively mild and their mortality is low. However, if we may judge from the experience of previous mobilization, this comparatively favorable condition probably will not continue. As larger numbers of selectees are brought together, the rapid passage of infection from one individual to another will probably cause an increase in prevalence, virulence and fatal complications. In fact, the possibility cannot be ignored that the Army may again be confronted by another pandemic of influenza of the virulent type which caused

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