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November 26, 1898

Vital Statistics of the War.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1315. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450220053013

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Camden, N. J., Nov. 16, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Dr. Charles Smart of the U. S. A., in a letter directed to you, of the date of October 22, complains of an editorial which appeared in the Philadelphia Medical Journal relative to the mortality in the Spanish war, and causes of the mortality.What he says is all very well for the most part; but will he explain why so many soldiers not exposed to the hardships of war, but quartered in a country rich and resourceful in every way, died of disease. When we consider that these same soldiers had all undergone strict physical examination and been pronounced of excellent resisting power, the mortality among them seems to indicate gross incapacity somewhere.Suppose that during the Civil War proportionately as large a number of soldiers had been isolated from the scene of actual warfare and that the same percentage

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