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February 8, 1964


JAMA. 1964;187(6):453. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060190069021

At Amundsen Scott base, established at the South Pole as part of the 1957 IGY Antarctic project, a study of fungi was instigated and planned by geographer and explorer Paul A. Siple. Selected results of this research are reported by Jacobs and colleagues1 in the January issue of the Archives of Dermatology.

When the base was established, it was not certain that man could survive a winter at the Pole with its low temperature, high winds, and low humidities. While the camp was under construction, Drs. Siple and Taylor, both members of the expedition, collected specimens from the air, the snow, the depths of the ice, from the skin of the men, and from their living quarters. These specimens were planted on culture media at the Pole, with the use of several techniques, and later brought to the United States for identification. The report by Jacobs and colleagues includes

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