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November 5, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(19):1121-1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450190047010

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Reports recently received at the Surgeon-General's office from Manila, Philippine Islands, from Lieut.-Colonel Henry Lippincott, chief surgeon, Department of the Pacific, give a view of the condition of medical affairs at this far-away military station. As yet the men of this command have undergone none of the fatal experiences of the troops in the home camps. Typhoid fever existed in Camps Merriam and Merritt, San Francisco, Cal., which they occupied prior to their embarkation, but the infected men were left behind in the field hospital at the Presidio. The troops were necessarily closely packed on shipboard during the long voyage, but they had distilled water to drink and, instead of the sinks which spread the infection in our insanitary camps, they had latrines flushed by a constant stream of sea water. The disease was thus held in abeyance, but we may expect to hear in progress of time of the

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