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December 13, 1930

History of Haitian Medicine.

JAMA. 1930;95(24):1859. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720240069042

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During the past few years, Haiti has become of great interest to the American public. Not only has the author added another chapter to the colorful history of the turbulent island, but he has outlined an achievement by the U. S. Navy Medical Department that reads like the brilliant work of Gorgas in Panama. Haitian medicine falls into three periods: the French colonial period during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the more or less bizarre period of independence from 1804 to 1915, and the period of American occupation since 1915. The author considers these periods in succession together with enough general history to orient the reader. At the time of the American occupation almost all the inhabitants were affected with yaws, malaria and intestinal parasites, and, of these, yaws was by far the most important. The results of the fight against these infections are little short of marvelous. The final

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