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Prevalence and Possibility of Epidemics
Disease, the partner of war, has often caused more deaths in past conflicts between nations than the arms of opposing forces. Conditions favorable to the communication of disease exist wherever large numbers of persons are gathered together; these conditions are intensified when movements of armies and civilian populations are carried out under the stress of war. Soldiers engaged in combat may suffer a lack of food or receive food not properly pre-pared; the men may sleep in cold and rain, and may undergo fatiguing ...