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June 9, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(23):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460230052014

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The Oration on State Medicine, by Dr. Vaughan, in this week's Journal, is one of interest as giving a summary of the forthcoming official report on the occurrence of typhoid fever among the troops in our late war. If the conflict was too brief or on too small a scale and too unequal to do much for the solution of many military problems it has given us some experiences that we can, if we are wise, use to our advantage should similar occasion rise in the future. The military typhoid in the camps is a part of the experience, and a very important one, causing, as it did, about 80 per cent. of the total mortality of the war. Dr. Vaughan shows that the chief sanitary sin was the pollution of camps and that for this as well as for their unsuitable selections the nonmedical officers were largely if not

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