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March 1947


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(3):322-326. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520030015002

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THE problems associated with the handling of diseases of the skin in a staging area station hospital are not of the type to which the average physician or dermatologist had previously become accustomed. To complicate further the care of the soldier in such a hospital, medical care and hospitalization had to be geared to the function of the camp. In this, the processing and subsequent departure of troops influenced treatment to a great degree. On arrival at the staging area from any part of the country, the soldier had just completed a train trip of perhaps one hundred and eight hours and was immediately processed preparatory to his departure. This frequently meant that any eruption not disabling or apparent was not treated by the soldier for almost a week. Then, when he was free from his numerous routine duties, the attention of the medical officer was called to a disease aggravated by neglect.

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