February 18, 2006

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS MEDICAL PROGRESS, JUST SANITATION & HYGIENE:

Insects provided foe in Civil War's epic struggle, scientist finds (TOM HOWELL JR., 2/16/06, Capital News Service)

Twice as many Civil War soldiers died from insect-related disease than direct combat - an obscure fact Gary Miller has discovered in his unique, decades-long hobby.

Since the 1970s, Miller, 48, of Laurel, Md., has pored over books, soldiers' letters and regimental histories for insect references. He found that mosquitoes, body lice and flies were a constant nuisance to Union and Confederate soldiers. Roughly 60,000 soldiers died from malaria on the Union side alone, he said.

"I think the beauty of looking at the insects is it's a topic that we all can relate to," he said. "Few of us can relate to combat."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2006 8:51 AM
Comments

Begging the question of why we would want to relate to malarial insects.

Posted by: pj at February 18, 2006 10:01 AM

When we embarked for Japan from Korea they deloused us with DDT before boarding the LST and tested us for worms before allowing us to disembark in Japan. There were times we hadn't washed for 6 weeks running. Ever see people with jet black teeth? Good thing was, we didn't smell ... or was it that we couldn't tell?

Posted by: Genecis at February 18, 2006 11:27 AM

Gen, you and all the others who served in the armed forces can't be thanked enough or told too often how much your sacrifices are appreciated.

Posted by: erp at February 18, 2006 12:24 PM

sounds like miller can't relate to being a man.

Posted by: toe at February 18, 2006 12:59 PM

I second erp's comment, Gen!

Posted by: obc at February 18, 2006 1:27 PM

Thanks much guys, but save it for those in service "over there" now ... and their families.

Posted by: Genecis at February 19, 2006 12:46 PM
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