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August 25, 1906

DISEASES AND HOSPITALS OF THE EAST COAST OF AFRICA.

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):611-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210080036025

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Abstract

Salisbury, Mashonaland, June 8, 1906.

GERMANY'S BATTLE WITH TROPICAL DISEASES IN EAST AFRICA. 

TUBERCULOSIS.  No cases of tuberculosis have been seen among the natives living on the mountain plateaus in the interior. On the lowlands, and especially on the coast, where natives come most frequently in contact with foreigners, isolated cases of pulmonary tuberculosis are beginning to come to the notice of physicians, and I saw a few cases in the hospitals I visited. There is every reason to fear that this disease will become more and more prevalent, despite the efforts made to prevent its spread. The lung appears to be the organ pre-eminently predisposed to infection, as all the physicians whom I have met on the coast have never seen any cases of glandular, bone or joint tuberculosis, and among the thousands of natives that came under my observation I failed to find any of the remote results

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