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September 8, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(2):180-181. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190080020

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Problems of Tropical Medicine in Israel.  —In a lecture delivered before the Jerusalem Branch of the Israel Medical Association, Dr. M. Yoeli of the Hebrew University Medical School stressed the increasing importance of tropical diseases as a serious menace to the health of the population in Israel. In his lecture, "Antibiotics in Tropical Medicine," he gave a historical review of the development of the antibiotics and their place in the treatment and prophylaxis of some endemic and epidemic diseases of the warm climates. He showed, with diagrams and charts, that, although antibiotics have revolutionized the treatment of a few tropical diseases, such as typhus, brucellosis, and some spirochetal infections, the bulk of infectious diseases caused by protozoa or worms and most of the small virus infections have not been affected. Dr. Yoeli suggested a more cautious and critical approach to the evaluation of new chemotherapeutic agents and antibiotics and hoped

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