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War Surgery and Medicine


IT is not possible from the available records to reach any conclusion about the total incidence of infections of the respiratory tract in 2 NZEF. Acute coryza was universally prevalent, as it is in civil life. All but the most severe cases endured their discomforts philosophically and inevitably spread the infection to others. Canadian estimates of the loss of training time from acute respiratory disorders suggest that familiarity alone does not excuse a complacent attitude. Under training conditions it is possible that more energetic treatment and isolation where practicable would be well rewarded not only in shortening the period of relative disability and preventing complications in individual sufferers, but also in reducing the incidence of such infections in large bodies of troops.