Diseases: Viet Nam's Time Bomb

In every war, disease far outranks combat wounds as a cause of casualties. The situation is no different in Viet Nam, where three out of every four hospitalized U.S. soldiers are sick rather than injured. Despite the fact that American battlefield medicine is the best in history, the illness rate remains high because an Iowa-born sergeant or a Georgia-born lieutenant has developed no immunity to the indigenous diseases of Viet Nam.* Worse still, there are occasional cases of disease that a U.S. trained Army doctor has never seen before.

One such mystery illness has now been isolated and identified by...

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