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I am struggling with the following entry on a service record;

"21/9/18 13 CDR F.A. Admitted P.O.U"

Any ideas? I presume F.A. stands for Field Ambulance?

Tim

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Hello;

If memory serves P.O.U was rather a common ailment for any soldier with several tours in the trenches. A more common term was "trench lice."

George

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Hello;

If memory serves P.O.U was rather a common ailment for any soldier with several tours in the trenches. A more common term was "trench lice."

George

POU is not "trench lice", though "trench lice" could certainly have caused a POU..... POU, as stated above, is simply Pyrexia of unknown origin, or in plain English, "This guy has a fever, but we haven't yet figured out what caused it". Usually it was an admission diagnosis, ideally later changed as the cause of the fever was discovered. If the body fought off the infection before the cause was identified, and the cause was never known, POU could have been a final diagnosis. Frequently, the term is seen as PUO, as well as POU. POU would have stood for (in military style), Pyrexia, Origin Unknown (or Undetermined). Doc

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