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November 2, 1935

Current Comment

JAMA. 1935;105(18):1434. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760440044016

TROPICAL DISEASES IN THE UNITED STATES  The field of tropical medicine has been enormously extended in recent years by the introduction or discovery of certain diseases in temperate climates. With the more recent discoveries, tropical medicine has come to require a knowledge of many of the sciences: protozoology, helminthology, entomology, bacteriology, meteorology, mycology, in addition to the various clinical fields of medicine; furthermore, the subject is not limited to these sciences as applied to man but extends to lower animals as well. Therefore the physician who practices tropical medicine may have to use knowledge from many other fields of learning. Not only are tropical diseases of paramount importance to public health, but the etiology and prevention of some of them are still a challenge to science. Realizing the need for more information on the distribution and incidence of tropical diseases, an advisory committee of the Division of Medical Sciences of