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June 29, 1935

The Romance of Exploration and Emergency First-Aid from Stanley to Byrd

JAMA. 1935;104(26):2390. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260078032

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This book is frankly an advertising brochure but it is at the same time a charming souvenir and an interesting series of historical highlights on exploration and emergency first aid. When a commercial product has been to all sorts of remote and inaccessible regions, including both poles and the depths of the Dark Continent, it ceases to be a mere commodity and becomes a historical relic. Burroughs Wellcome & Co. has offered first aid and medical equipment to all the important explorers since Stanley. While deprecating the unwillingness of this company to cooperate with efforts of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association, one can still recognize, its contributions, both directly and indirectly through the Wellcome Institute, toward the development of fine pharmaceutical products and compact first aid equipment that will stand the vicissitudes of extreme climates and varied conditions of transportation.

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