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April 1945


Arch Otolaryngol. 1945;41(4):305-314. doi:10.1001/archotol.1945.00680030332013

Allergy was one of the many problems encountered by the Army when recruiting the manpower necessary for this war. Hyde and Kingsley1 report on the findings in 60,000 men, the first 6,000 of whom were from 21 to 34 years of age and the remainder from 21 to 44 years. All these men came from a limited section of Massachusetts. The examinations were made by a team of civilian internists. Of the men examined, 495 were disqualified because of severe allergic states. The rejection rate was high in the semirural areas, lowest in the one family residential districts and high again in the crowded tenements.

Blank2 records that over 1 per cent of all soldiers entering the Armed Forces require care for this condition. There is need of a special section in the Army Medical Corps for control of allergic conditions, and specific physical standards should be set up for

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