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October 23, 1943

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1943;123(8):487-493. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840430039013

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Abstract

HEALTH OF THE ARMED SERVICES  The following release is a slight condensation of a report prepared by the Office of War Information:There have been flareups of diseases in the last eighteen months, but only cerebrospinal meningitis reached epidemic proportions and its death toll was low.The situation in units overseas is occasionally even better. In those diseases for which vaccines have been developed, it is excellent. However, malaria and dysenteries present serious problems in land combat conditions, and the Navy reported some trouble with infectious jaundice and with filariasis, a parasitic inflammation of the glands which can produce elephantiasis.Although specific problems vary, what is true of the two major branches of the armed service is in general true also of the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and of the women's services: the Wacs, the Waves and the Spars.Here are some highlights of service health:

  1. Disease

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