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August 16, 1941

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1941;117(7):537-541. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820330041012

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Abstract

ARMY IN BEST PHYSICAL SHAPE SINCE START OF EMERGENCY  According to health records from all nine corps areas, the Army of the United States is in the best physical shape it has been in since the emergency began, the War Department announced, July 31. No epidemic diseases are prevalent. During the second week in July the admission rate to all Army hospitals for all causes was the lowest of the year. The rate went up slightly during the third week, but blistered heels and similar minor ailments made the difference.For the last two months respiratory diseases have been no higher than the ten year rate for the preemergency army. This ten year rate is considered by Army medical men to be excellent.At present the rate of men off duty because of diseases is 12 per thousand. In the Army a man is either on duty or in a

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