Volume s1-25, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Infectious hepatitis is a well known affliction of armies in the field, and is particularly prevalent during times of war.

In a recent paper by Lucké, reference is made to epidemics of this disease in foreign armies in the Franco-Prussian and South African Wars and in World War I. In the American Civil War there were over 50,000 cases and 231 deaths among Federal troops, and a small epidemic occurred in our Army of Occupation in 1919.

Infectious hepatitis has not been confined to the military, however. During the past century and a half civilian outbreaks have been noted in England and Finland, and British investigators have studied the epidemiology extensively. In this country the disease has been reported by Blumer and others.

Yet, despite considerable study, the nature of the etiologic agent and the manner of its transmission have remained obscure.


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  • Received : 08 Dec 1944
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