June 16, 1906


Author Affiliations

Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. BALTIMORE.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(24):1809-1813. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510510001001

INTRODUCTION.  Tropical pathology is rapidly becoming recognized as a special field in medicine, a field worthy of cultivation by itself and for its own sake. Indeed a number of the energetic and able men of our profession have already made the decision to devote themselves to it as a life work.Though it was my rare good fortune some years ago to travel as a member of a commission for the special study of tropical diseases, and I had the opportunity in Hongkong, in the Philippines and in India to observe some of the more prevalent maladies occurring there, it was less this fleeting experience, I imagine, which prompted you to ask me to speak on the subject allotted to me, than, in the first place, a desire to extend a courtesy to the appointee to a dignified office, and, in the second place, the conviction that one whose life

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