The disruptive effects of the war on scientific study will soon be evident in the amount, quality and character of contributions dealing with infectious disease. Far-reaching changes in viewpoint and interests are also bound to occur incident to the transportation of troops to remote places of the earth, each with their special variety of infections in addition to the usual ones. Medical officers going to tropical regions will be obliged to familiarize themselves with infectious diseases which occur more commonly there, such as malaria, the dysenteries, yellow fever, dengue, cholera, melioidosis, protozoal and metazoal diseases, and the discomforts and dangers of various insect bites. Likewise, numerous other diseases will be encountered, particularly smallpox, tetanus, plague, typhus fever, kala-azar and relapsing fever, most of which the average physician in the United States has never seen.
Physicians who remain at home will have to learn to recognize and treat many of these
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