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War Surgery and Medicine



Approximately 25 per cent of the cases investigated had some underlying mental stress, and these cases fared relatively poorly in the Middle East. Many men gave the history that their skin trouble began only after their nervous symptoms, and that any exacerbation of the latter seemed to make their skins worse. This suggested page 695 that the decline in mental wellbeing played a part in lowering the resistance to infection, rather than being merely an accompaniment or a result of it.