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1856 The Lancet  
Col. Wetherall in its management I think this will continue. Catarrhal affections are now the most prominent class of diseases; many of these are of a trifling character, but in some few instances, where there was organic disease of the lungs, death has ensued. Two, if not three, out of the limited number of deaths which have occurred in the regular army this week may be justly ascribed, I regret to say, to the men's own imprudence. Febrile complaints and bowel affections have greatly subsided,
more » ... e greatly subsided, and only two deaths from the former, and three from the latter took place in the whole army during the week. The remainder of the casualties in the list under these heads occurred in the Land Transport Corps; indeed 14 out of the total number of deaths (29) which occurred were in that corps alone, and 11 of these were from fever. A happy contrast this to the same week last year, when the deaths amounted to 218, and the number of bowel complaints to 2352, instead of 359, out of a force 20,733 less than it is now-a gratifying change in the sanitary condition of the army, the result of better arrangements and less duty. A large portion of the army is hutted this winter, and those that are not in huts have better tents than they had last winter, and many other comforts which were then unattainable. The following is an abstract of the admissions and deaths under the leading heads of disease :-The ratio of admissions to strength has been, exclusive of the Land Transport, 2'11 per cent.; with the Land Transport, 2'12; deaths to strength, exclusive of Land Transport, 0'03; with the Land Transport, 0 '05 ; sick to healthy, exclusive of Land Transport, 6 '52; inclusive of Land Transport, 6 '28 per cent. During the week ending Jan. 5th, 1855, the admissions to'strength were in the ratio of 9 '44 per cent.; the deaths to strength, 0'73; and the sick to healthy, 16'15 per cent.
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