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November 9, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(19):1604-1606. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320190038002

VII. *PUNTA ARENAS; MEDICINE IN THE FAR SOUTH.  I had the unusual privilege and opportunity of studying the Eskimos, their habits, customs and diseases in the far North two years ago, when I accompanied Commander Peary as far north as Etah in latitude 78° 40′, the uttermost northern limits of human habitations. I was consequently much pleased that our itinerary for this summer included Punta Arenas (Sandy Point), the most southern city on the globe. It is twelve hundred miles farther south than Buenos Aires and about the same distance nearer the South Pole than Cape Town at the southern extremity of the African continent. It is situated on Chilean soil on the Patagonian coast in the eastern part of the Strait of Magellan, about 125 miles from the entrance. The general aspect of the city reminds one of our new prosperous western towns. It is built on a gentle

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