REPORT ON RESULTS OF DESERT FIELD STUDY
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY
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The effects of desrt heat on troops were studied. Observations were made on heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke, water requirements and effect of dust on personnel. Conclusions Casualties from the heat during the early period of entry to the desert resulted largely from lack of a period for adaptation, and excessive muscular work during the worst heat of the day. Certain conditions such as previous sickness, disturbed bowel habits, alcoholic indulgence and failure of proper use of water and salt were predisposing factors. When they were corrected particularly with reference to rest periods during heavy work water and salt indoctrination, and careful supervision of the men during activity so that early cases could be recognized and treated, the results were good.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Stress Physiology