Two faces of death: fatalities from disease and combat in America's principal wars, 1775 to present.


Throughout America's first 145 years of war, far more of the country's military personnel perished from infectious diseases than from enemy action. This enduring feature of war was finally reversed in World War II, chiefly as a result of major medical advances in prevention (vaccines) and treatment (antibiotics). Safeguarding the health of a command is… (More)
DOI: 10.1353/pbm.2008.0005


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