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July 10, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LIII(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550020034009

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Campaigning in the tropics will not be the perilous occupation hereafter that it has been in the past, according to Major General Barry's statement that the soldiers under his command in Cuba had a much lower non-effective rate than troops stationed in the United States. It must be remembered, however, that his men were regulars. An equal force of volunteers taken fresh from civil occupations would probably show a less favorable figure with two and a half years' residence in a climate so different from that to which they had been accustomed. Admitting this, however, a repetition of the experience of the Cuban war would hardly be expected.

We have learned a great deal in the last eight or nine years, both from our own experience and from the results of the Japanese war, as regards army sanitation. Colonel Gorgas' address published in our last issue has shown how a

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