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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 9, 2004


JAMA. 2004;291(22):2765. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2765-a

Perhaps one of the most interesting military expeditions from a sanitary point of view is that now being conducted by the British in their advance on the capital of Thibet. Some of the passes traversed are said to be three miles above the sea level, and it is a well-known fact that a large part of the campaign must be conducted on a plateau thousands of feet above the level of the sea. The fact that Indian troops from a tropical country are employed on this expedition, as well as Europeans, is also of interest. Hitherto, so far as the dispatches inform us, the men have not been seriously affected by the altitude, but it will be of interest to have a medical report of the results of the expedition on the physique and the health of its members. The force is not a large one, but sufficient to furnish valuable information if the facts are properly collected and collated. We trust that there are medical men connected with the expedition who are competent to make this report, and that we may have an addition to our knowledge of human endurance and sanitary science.

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