Medicine: Badly Sanitated Africa

The Army's Surgeon General, James C. Magee, back last week from an inspection trip in Africa, described a triumph of U.S. medicine. "North Africa," said he, "is not a well-sanitated place. For instance, within one small walled native town, we found plague, leprosy, smallpox, typhoid, typhus, two or three kinds of dysentery and just about all the skin diseases known." ("Some parts of the world," he added, "just refuse to regard venereal disease as a problem.") But in spite of these conditions, in spite of long, hard-working days, dampness and mud, Army sickness rate in Africa is only 1%.*

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