Excerpt from Transactions of the American Therapeutic Society, 1903-1904
The appointment of a medical member of the commission to supervise the construction of the interoceanic canal was urged as a necessary precaution on the part of this Govern ment in undertaking the construction of the canal, for the pur pose oi handling the problems which will arise regarding epi demies of malignant malarial fevers. The most burning ques tion now before the American physician at the present time, he said, was this one of tropical and semi-tropical diseases. Unless our colleges rise to the emergency, the Government will be compelled to found schools of tropical medicine. The recent discovery of uncinariasis in our Southern States shows what an intelligent study of these affections will accomplish. If progress means the saving of life, or the prevention Of disease, can any record he more brilliant than the recent suc cesses Of our medical men in dealing with the yellow fever, cholera and the plague problems? For during the few years that we Americans have been recognized as a world power we have not only Shown a degree of capacity for ruling alien races that has been unknown heretofore, but have devised methods for controlling some of their most terrible scourges in a way which indicates that we may eventually eradicate them en tirely.
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