Casualties: Warm-Water Foot

Cold, wet feet have long rendered soldiers hors de combat as surely as enemy bullets. The rain-soaked coastal lowlands of Viet Nam and the paddy-fields of the Mekong Delta have presented U.S. troops with a less-understood disorder: warm-water-immersion foot.

But last week three Navy doctors described an effective method of retarding, if not actually preventing, the development of the condition.

The problem became acute late in 1965, when troops were out on combat operations for days on end with no chance to change their socks or dry their feet. Their feet became white, wrinkled, and so painful that at best...

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