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Medicine: Casualties

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OWI last fortnight issued some surprising statistics on the ratio of men killed to men wounded in World Wars I and II, and on the number of neuropsychiatric cases in both wars: >Generally speaking, the ratio of killed in action to battle casualties is twice as high in this war as in the last, but the mortality rate among the wounded is only half as high. . . . More are killed out right.” > The ratio of killed to wounded in the Army is one to three; in the Navy, one to one; in the Marines, one to four.

> About 3.5% of the Army’s wounded have died; the Navy has lost 3.16%; the Marines, 3.15%. In World War I, wounded fatalities were: Army, 6%; Navy, 7.35%; Marines, 12%. (According to official Russian figures, the Red Army now loses only 1.5% of its wounded.) >”In the last war the rate of admissions for neuropsychiatric diseases in Army hospitals averaged about 30 per 1,000 per year in the continental United States and slightly less than 20 per 1,000 per year in the A.E.F. … In this war the admission rate for neuropsychiatric diseases is about 50 per 1,000 men in the continental United States and slightly higher in some overseas theaters.”

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