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July 1920


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1920;26(1):76-98. doi:10.1001/archinte.1920.00100010079006

Disease is the accomplice of war. To the uninitiated, at first glance, it seems that the chief wastage of man power in armies is produced by weapons of the enemy; to the initiated, on the other hand, it is well known that the wounds produced by bacteria are as fruitful a source of disability as those caused by bullets. One reason for this attitude on the part of the casual observer is that the injuries of battle are more spectacular than those of disease. They are more unusual, both in their mode of production, and in the manner in which they respond to treatment. The care of the wounded often yields striking results. The humanitarian instincts, aroused by the fact that the injuries were received as a direct result of sacrifice, properly lead to the building up of an intricate organization for the care of the wounded. The problems must