The relative position and functions of the dermatologic section in any hospital are generally the same as in any other, whether it be a department of a civilian hospital, of an army hospital in the continental United States or of an army hospital on overseas duty. One can reasonably expect, however, some variations and differences in the problems and procedures of dermatologic practice in hospitals of different nature, organization and geographic location.
An army hospital serving overseas usually has some limitations of equipment, supplies and personnel which hospitals in the Zone of the Interior do not as a rule have. Sanitary conditions under which soldiers have to live at the front, in bivouac areas and in replacement centers behind the lines may account for a higher number of bacterial and parasitic diseases of the skin than may be seen in hospitals in the United States. Parasites peculiar
LADANY E. DERMATOLOGY IN AN ARMY STATION HOSPITAL SERVING IN ITALY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(5):335–341. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510290040006
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