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August 31, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):779. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530090055007

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The experience of the Army, which keeps about eight hundred soldiers constantly stationed at its posts in Alaska, would seem to indicate that that country is a remarkably healthy location for troops. There are six posts scattered over the vast territory, four of them but little south of the Arctic Circle. Notwithstanding that a great deal of labor incident to construction and maintenance of telegraph lines has devolved on the troops, the sick rate has been uniformly low, not at any time more than two-thirds of the rate in the United States. Since the statistics for Alaska have been compiled separately, that is since 1904, there has been but one case of typhoid fever and but four cases of malarial fever, all the latter probably contracted before going to Alaska, though mosquitoes of the sub-family Anophelena have been found at one post. Pneumonia is conspicuous by its absence from the

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