The varied geographic areas in which American troops are stationed or operating in the present war are such as to expose them to a variety of diseases, some of which, though not rarities in the respective locales where infections may occur, are exotic if considered in the light of daily medical practice in the United States. Some of the diseases are of more serious consequence in the chronic stages than in the more acute periods and, unfortunately, more difficult to diagnose then. Many of the tropical protozoan diseases are of this character. It is a matter of no small consequence, therefore, that all physicians in the United States should have a wider knowledge of these and other tropical diseases than a mere acquaintance with their names. Clinical reports of the observations made by medical officers serving with American forces in the various theaters of operations will do much to acquaint
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