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April 25, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(17):1147-1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490170031005

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The concluding chapter of Scheube's translated work of Diseases of Warm Climates is devoted to medical geography, or what the author calls "cosmopolitan diseases." It gives a compendium of the facts, so far as known to the author, of the distribution of certain general diseases, and this has been made the subject of an interesting editorial commentary in the Indian Medical Gazette of March, 1903. While most of the so-called cosmopolitan diseases are pretty fairly distributed, there are some decided differences in their range, and some of the comments on Scheube's statements by the editorial writer are worthy of note. The editor thinks there should be a good deal more attention paid to the geographic etiology of disease. The same theories that apply in one country are not by any means always applicable in another. Hepatic cirrhosis, for example, which he thinks may be very properly called "gin liver" in

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