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War Surgery and Medicine



The importance of infective hepatitis in its effect on 2 NZEF in the Middle East and Italy is shown by the following statistics:

Admissions to medical units July 1941 to December 1945 were 7051. (These represented nearly 9 per cent of all admissions and the total was greater than that for any other disease, and the length of stay in hospital and convalescent depot was second only to pneumonia.)

Deaths from hepatitis were 6 out of a total of 190 for all diseases.

Cases evacuated to New Zealand numbered 124.

In 2 NZEF (IP) there were only 85 hepatitis cases in the total of 6248 admissions to medical units.