August 2, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(5):261. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480310029009

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In the Outlook of July 26 there appears a very interesting report of the sanitary progress in the Philippines since the American occupation. Though written for lay readers, it contains information of interest to physicians and has been prepared by one who has had full opportunities for observation in his position as secretary to Prof. Worcester, head of the Interior Department of the Insular Government. According to the author, Mr. Leroy, the Americans had practically, as the saying is, whole cloth out of which to make a sanitary reform in Manila. There had been an almost total indifference to health matters on the part of the authorities, the natives were ignorant and suspicious and added to this was a contingent of 50,000 Chinese with their Oriental stolidity and indifference to human life and all measures of cleanly living. The army authorities had first to take matters in hand, and they

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