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Health of the Army during 1933

    Naturevolume 135page923 (1935) | Download Citation



    LIEUT.-GEN. J. A. HARTIGAN, Director-General of the Army Medical Services, details in his first report, recently issued, the health of the Army at home and abroad for the year 1933. (H.M. Stationery Office. 25. 6d. net.) The total strength at home and abroad was 184,000 men. The general health of all ranks fell little short of the high level reached in 1932, some increase in the admission rate being almost wholly accounted for by an increase in the incidence of influenza. The chief causes of death were injury, tuberculosis, pneumonia and suicide, and of invaliding, tuberculosis and inflammation of the middle ear. Venereal diseases have again diminished, but tonsillitis still claims a number of victims and has slightly increased. The admissions for diphtheria show a welcome reduction, and it is remarked that at the depots at Caterham and Woolwich, where Schick testing and immunisation when necessary are carried out as a routine, the disease is practically nonexistent. In addition to the statistics, details are given of the various measures that are being adopted at home and abroad for the prevention of disease.

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