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August 29, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(9):764. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540090046010

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The redemption of the Panama Canal Zone from preventable diseases receives official confirmation in the report to President Roosevelt of the special commission appointed last April to investigate the work accomplished. The importance of the hygienic problem involved is emphasized by the commission in reviewing the difficulties under which the French labored in their efforts to construct the canal. The report says:

"The terrible scourge of yellow fever against which the French struggled in vain, the filthy and pest-breeding state of the principal Panama towns, the rough labor camps and other pioneer hardships of the first two eras have been eliminated through the brilliant and persistent activity of the department of sanitation, the department of municipal engineering and the building department. To-day we find yellow fever driven from the isthmus, malaria and pneumonia greatly reduced and a high average of health established. Although the government's immediate object on the isthmus

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