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July 14, 1906


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago; Professor and Head of the Surgical Department, Rush Medical College. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(2):141-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210020034023

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Zanzibar, Africa, May 24, 1906.

The east coast of Africa is not often visited by American physicians, and for a knowledge of the diseases which prevail there we must rely almost exclusively on English, and recently on German, literature. We have always looked on tropic Africa as the very embodiment of a disease-producing country, made so by the high temperature which prevails here throughout the entire year, and by the presence of pathogenic parasites found in no other climate to the same extent or at all.

To see and learn something for myself of those parts of Africa which have recently attracted so much attention owing to the opening up of new colonies, possessions and protectorates by different European powers, I decided to extend my trip from Lisbon to Africa, to circumnavigate the continent, and to penetrate into its interior from Beira as far as the Victoria Falls of the

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