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March 12, 1938

Occidental Therapeutics in the Netherlands East Indies During Three Centuries of Netherlands Settlement. (1600-1900)

JAMA. 1938;110(11):837-838. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790110063029

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Abstract

"The purpose of this publication," says the author, "is to supply a concise summary, in a universal language, of the researches carried out by him with the consent of the Indian government on the development of the medical service in the Netherlands East Indies. In these years of widespread political tension, each colonizing country will have to ask itself how it has acquitted itself of its task and whether it has, apart from obtaining advantages for itself, also brought welfare and real prosperity to the lands over which it holds sway." He quotes Field Marshal Lyautey to the effect that the only excuse for colonization is medicine, and while the author does not go as far as this, preferring to include in that excuse other contributions to the happiness of the inhabitants of the colonies, a great and valuable part of it must be allotted to medical science. The body

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