FRANK V. MERIWETHER, M.D.
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A study of the history of past wars reveals the fact that diseases do very markedly influence the course of wars. Until modern times, casualties from disease among the fighting forces far exceeded that sustained from wounds on the battlefield. The effect of disease was not limited to the fighting forces of the war zone, but affected the civilian population and the general economic condition of the countries involved. As startling as it may seem, casualties from typhoid fever in the Spanish American War far exceeded the battle casualties, and the rate of venereal diseases reached 187 per thousand men.
MERIWETHER FV. RECENT ADVANCES IN U. S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE METHODS1. Ann Intern Med. ;20:768–772. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-20-5-768
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(5):768-772.
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