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May 31, 1941

A Yankee Doctor in Paradise

JAMA. 1941;116(22):2553. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820220095028

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For twenty years Dr. S. M. Lambert was stationed in the South Seas working for the Rockefeller Foundation. To him particularly was assigned the control of hookworm. It became necessary that he determine the extent to which natives in all portions of the South Seas were infected with this parasite and also to apply the technics that have been developed by scientists for the treatment of such infection. As a physician and sanitarian he did not limit himself exclusively to hookworm but became familiar with other conditions that are prevalent, including particularly leprosy, tropical sores and the venereal diseases. This book, however, is no dryasdust recapitulation of the epidemiology of the South Seas. It is more fascinating by far than any novels of the current season. It is devoted equally to the anthropology and to the ethnology of the native tribes. He relates with a sharp sense of humor innumerable

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