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June 2, 1917


Author Affiliations

Captains, Canadian Army Medical Corps, and, Respectively, Pathologist and Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Canadian Military Hospital BRAMSHOTT, SURREY, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(22):1596-1598. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060006002

During the four months, October, 1916, to February, 1917, 129 cases of this hitherto rare condition have passed through our hands. In this article we endeavor to give the results of our routine, laboratory and ward observations, which though incomplete may be of value in Canada and the United States after the conclusion of the present conflict, whither doubtless the infection will be carried by the returning troops.

Until the beginning of the war, it was in Europe one of the rarest diseases, and in America practically unknown, at least so far as medical literature was concerned. It seems to have first become prevalent in France, where it was known as trench mouth, and believed to be caused by overindulgence in cigarets, etc. Now, however, it is so prevalent that it may be classed as among the commonest of disabilities among the troops. As usually seen the condition is not