In all tropical and sub- tropical countries
bowel disorders are of Prìrne importance: particularly
is this so in Egypt, where every newcomer develops,
sooner or later, intestinal upset - popularly designated "Gippy Tummy" - possibly one attack and then
apparent immunity for years, more frequently irregularly recurrent attacks.
Especially was this importance evident
during the War period when the crippling effects of
Dysentery were seen on the Forces as a whole in drainage from the Field and on the individual in the debilitated sufferers invalided home, in Convalescent
Depots or on Base Duty,
The term merely indicates a symptom, the
modern equivalent of the older "Bloodie Flux" or,
alternatively, a clinical grouping of cases such as
show a colitis with the passage of frequent stools
containing, or consisting of blood and mucus.