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Sir Ronald Ross on Governments and Tropical Disease
Sir Ronald Ross, speaking at the London Press Club, thanked the press of the world for its help in the antimalaria campaign. At the same time, he did not think the governments of the world were making sufficient progress or utilizing enough the information in their possession with respect to tropical diseases. He estimated that malaria alone took two million lives a year. Whole colonies and vast tracts of the world's surface were rendered useless even today, although they had obtained the knowledge as to the disease-carrying mosquito. As a nation, we were not spending enough money in investigating tropical and other diseases. We were spending $900,000 per annum on medical research, but that only amounted to one penny (two cents) per head of the population of the United Kingdom.
The Fellowship of Medicine and Postgraduate Medical Association is endeavoring
LONDON. JAMA. 1925;84(16):1226–1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660420064017
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