Medicine: War & Lice

Delousing stations (where soldiers bathed and their clothes were boiled) were part of the standard military equipment of the World War. Every member of the American Expeditionary Force, before he was permitted to reembark for the U. S., was obliged to strip, scrub and dress in lice-free clothes. Only by such drastic means could Army doctors be sure of preventing the transmission to the U. S. of the louse-carried disease of typhus. And once typhus appears among dirty human beings huddled together in unclean army camps, trenches, jails, poorhouses, hospitals or ships, they...

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