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July 31, 1943


Author Affiliations

Director of the Preventive Medicine Division, Office of the Surgeon General, U. S. Army MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1943;122(14):916-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840310008003

The United States Army is now faced with the largest and most complex problem of health protection that has ever confronted a military force. Aside from the few zones controlled by the enemy, our forces circle the globe. They are exposed to wide variations of weather and climate; they live under conditions ranging from the best that modern civilization can offer to the worst that exists among aboriginal savage tribes; they must be protected, not only from the diseases of our own country, but from the serious infections that have played a dominant role in retarding the progress of civilization in certain foreign lands. It is no exaggeration to say that the Army is now, or soon will be, confronted with almost every known disease.

The protection of the health of our military forces under such adverse conditions is a matter of great concern not only to the Medical Department

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