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December 24, 1898


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery in Rush Medical College, in Affiliation with the University of Chicago; Late Lieutenant-Colonel U. S. V., Chief of the Operating Staff with the Army in the Field. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1497-1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260001001

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The short, decisive campaign with Spain just ended was characterized, from a medical standpoint, by the smallness of the number of those killed in the field, the prevalence of disease and the large number of deaths from this source. The brilliant victories on land and sea which forced Spain to sue for peace have cost us so far over three thousand lives—less than three hundred from the effects of bullets and over two thousand nine hundred from disease. The number of deaths from disease will be increased materially, as the different military hospitals at home and abroad still contain a large number of our sick, many of whom will succumb to the diseases contracted during the campaign. Even in case the hostilities are not renewed, it is impossible to predict the total loss of life at the present time, to say nothing of the thousands who will never recover the

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