It might take some work to dig out the references having read them some thirty years ago--probably a report by the Surgeon General or such but what stuck in my mind was the tremendous number of R&F being treated for VD in Montreal in the 1840's. If I recall it was in the neighbourhood of 50% of the men in the RA being treated annually! I remember going through the Hospital Records for Fort Wellington for that period and being struck by the fact that the incidence of VD was lower there in a much smaller town--still shocking by modern standards but lower than Montreal.
I suspect strongly that what was the case in the 1840's would not have been markedly different from 30 years earlier.
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, Ray Hobbs <ray.hobbs@...> wrote:
Those of you who have studied medical aspects of the war (Gareth?), have you found statistics or reliable information on levels of "pox"? Any suggestions of brothels in the towns and villages?