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October 12, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(15):1280. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810410046017

The medical problems presented by mobilization are already taxing the ingenuity of those responsible for the program now pending. The late Hans Zinsser,1 basing his reasoning on experiences in the mobilization camps in 1917, pointed out that outbreaks of epidemics are almost inevitable when large numbers of men from all over the country are brought together in camps under circumstances which call for arduous physical and disciplinary training. Much control over the epidemic intestinal diseases such as typhoid and dysentery can be exerted by suitable preventive measures, but the situation with regard to respiratory diseases is more difficult. In such conditions as measles and mumps neither prevention nor treatment can be much better controlled than formerly. The importance of these diseases is emphasized by a citation of the figures: among the enlisted men who were serving in the United States during the year 1918 there were 102,950 cases of