January 10, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(2):104-105. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490020036008

The New York Academy of Medicine recently adopted resolutions1 suggesting that, as the health of the workmen engaged on the Panama Canal was in the past the most serious problem in its construction, one of the members of the commission, which the President is authorized to appoint to control the affairs of the proposed canal, should be a medical man. It is further suggested that the amplest powers should be given the medical officers in charge of the sanitation of the canal. These resolutions can only meet with the hearty approval of the medical profession and can scarcely fail of the approbation of any one who realizes how much has been accomplished for the health of Cuba as the result of the proper maintenance of sanitation by the fortunate presence of a medical governor general. The death rate of Havana when the United States handed the government of the

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