Dehydration, a Killer, by K.B., M.D

About a century ago, the top five causes of death in the United States were the following:

1. Pneumonia
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. and 5. Heart attack and stroke.

Diarrhea (dysentery) has always been a problem in the military with 995 out of 1,000 soldiers in the Civil War being affected by it. Diarrhea alone accounted for two-thirds of all deaths on both sides during that war. A reader, B.K., recently expressed interest in learning more about rehydration after reading my medical cabinet article. This article is for her and for anyone else interested in this topic.