Medicine: Jeep Disease

Riding in jeeps, touring in tanks and taking the bumps of basic training have caused such an increase in pilonidal-cyst disorders that some doctors call them jeep disease. Cause: an infection of a congenital cyst at the base of a man's spine. Chief symptom: it hurts to sit down.

Many a pilonidal cyst is never discovered. Discovery usually results from an infection, or an irritation like a jeep ride or a heavy fall (one doctor calls his lady pilonidal patients "basketball girls").

Standard treatment is to cut out the whole sac, leaving a wound so large...

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