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War Surgery and Medicine



Tuberculosis did not constitute any great problem in 2 NZEF. At no time was the incidence high enough to cause any difficulty in management. The cases were, of course, segregated when diagnosed, and returned to New Zealand by the next hospital ship when the condition of the patient was considered to be satisfactory enough to stand the journey. The infectious disease ward of the Maunganui, though small, was always able to accommodate all the tuberculosis cases. There were 115 cases of pulmonary tuberculosis invalided back to New Zealand from 2 NZEF in MEF and CMF during the war. More cases were discovered by routine X-ray at discharge, or became ill after return to civil life, than revealed active symptoms during their service with 2 NZEF.