U.S. Wars & Disease: Smallpox, Typhoid, Yellow Fever and others

During wars throughout American’s history, disease killed many more than enemy bullets or bombs. Throughout American’s first 145 years of war, far more of the country’s military personnel perished from infectious disease than from enemy action.

This enduring feature of war was finally reversed in World War II, chiefly because of major medical advances in prevention (vaccines) and treatment (antibiotics). Safeguarding the health of a command is indispensable for the success of any campaign. Disease and combat morality data from America’s principal wars (1775-present) fall into two clearly defined time periods: the Disease Era (1775-1918), during which infectious diseases were the major killer of American’s armed forces, and the Trauma Era (1941-present), in which combat-related fatalities predominated.

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This book is for those interested in history; history of U.S. wars and history on the advances of medicine. Therefore, those in the military and those in the medical fields may be interested.  The book is available as an eBook or soft cover.

About the author

Dr. Lee R. McDowell

Lee has a love for American history. He is the 12th direct descendant from three Mayflower Passengers in 1620. His 4th great grandfather fought important battles in the American Revolution and his great grandfather was very active in the Civil War.

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