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January 1, 1938

Les grandes endémies tropicales: Études de pathologie et de prophylaxie

JAMA. 1938;110(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790010073030

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This series of lectures at the Institute of Hygiene by the physicians of the Sanitary Corps of the Public Health Service of the Colonies includes a survey by Lieutenant-Colonel Labernadie of the medical geography of French India, three small regions containing 300,000 Hindus. Colonel Passa reports on the tropical diseases in Guadaloupe in the Carribean, Lieutenant-Colonel Laurence on those of Indo-China, and Lieutenant-Colonel Peltier on those of the coast of Somaliland. In all these surveys one notes the preeminent medical importance of malaria. Colonel Blanchard discusses hydrophobia in the French colonies, reporting its presence in all French colonies. Reports of nontransmittability of the virus from dogs to man in Africa are explained by faulty technic and incomplete observation. It is prevalent and highly virulent in Indo-China, where Buddhist influence prevents the destruction of vagrant dogs. Captain Alain discusses climatic bubo and venereal lymphogranuloma, and Commandant Cousin describes practical smallscale methods

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