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October 11, 1941

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1941;117(15):1270-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820410048018

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Abstract

HEALTH OF ARMY BETTER THAN IN FIRST WORLD WAR  America's new army is in better physical shape than the forces of 1917-1918, according to the statisticians of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Admissions to sick report are now running well under those of the first world war, and the annual death rate from disease has been under 1 per thousand, or less than one-tenth the rate for the army in the corresponding period of 1917-1918. The mortality in the new army is actually lower than that now prevailing at comparable ages in the general population of the country.There are several diseases in which extraordinary improvement has been recorded. In the fall of 1917-1918 some camps were swept by epidemics of measles, mumps and infections of the upper respiratory tract, while there were local outbreaks of epidemic meningitis. The annual incidence of measles reached a peak rate of nearly 240 per thousand in November

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