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April 15, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(15):1191-1192. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740150049021

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The Health Problems of Tropical Australia  The tropical portion of Australia and Australia's tropical dependencies make up the largest tropical possession within the British Empire and contains a larger purely white population than any other tropical country. With the exception of a small and unimportant area in Central Australia, there is no part of the Australian tropics where the rainfall is less than 10 inches annually; in most parts it is between 20 and 30 inches. The total area of the tropical portion of Australia and Australia's tropical dependencies is 1,332,320 square miles.The Australian tropics are of the greatest importance to the commonwealth, because they are within easy striking distance, as measured by incubation periods, of the world's largest endemic centers of smallpox, cholera and plague. The development of commercial aviation and the awakened interest of Asia in world commerce have added unsuspected significance to the geographic relationship.


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