Documents of the United States Sanitary Commission Volume 1-60

Documents of the United States Sanitary Commission Volume 1-60

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...The economy of life resulting directly from the information which statistical returns supply, has been already strikingly exemplified in Jamaica, where, by a better choice of stations and sanitary arrangements, the mortality has been reduced from 13 (in 1817-1836) to 6 per cent. per annum (in 1837-1855) on the strength. " The sickness in the field may be reduced by carefully selecting men; by letting the men when it is practicable, breathe purer air; by selecting the healthiest sites available for camps; by raising the men in their tents from the ground; by supplying them with purer water; by better arrangements for cleanliness, clothing, and the supply of food, and by better medical arrangements. "A. certain amount of insalubrity will nevertheless remain. "As we have shown that the excessive sickness of the army involves a large amount of expense, it is evident that the diminution of that sickness will effect a great saving in peace and an enormous saving in war. For sick men are not only a loss but an incumbrance to an army. Their numbers are negative quantities. The expense of recruiting and of invaliding soldiers would be reduced by reducing the rates of mortality. Fewer men would be required, and recruits would more readily join a healthy army. The existence of an army in the highest state of efficiency would give additional security to the country without increasing the cost; the liability to an attack would be lessened; war would be waged with more chances of success, and would sooner be brought to a close by such an army than by an army suffering from diseases which have hitherto infested our barracks and camps." The object had in view by the Commission can be effectually accomplished only by the direct...show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 467g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236960025
  • 9781236960023