Medicine: Health in Camp

Fifty U.S. soldiers in 100,000 had pneumonia in August, ten had measles, 35 mumps. Never before has the U.S. Army enjoyed such magnificent health. But two black facts were not included in the report issued by the War Department last week: 1) the venereal-disease rate in the Army is increasing; 2) the amount of mental disease in the Army is causing officers great concern.

Credit. During the past year, civilians have bandied tales about whole platoons drowning, dozens of draftees killing themselves, epidemics of infantile paralysis and meningitis engulfing camps, soldiers falling into...

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