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January 2, 1937

Skyways to a Jungle Laboratory: An African Adventure

JAMA. 1937;108(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780010080029

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Mrs. Crile describes the journey from London to Nairobi by Imperial Airways—except from Paris to Brindisi—and adventures in connection with a "jungle" laboratory situated "in the richest territory in the world for abundance and variety of animal life." The first fifty pages are concerned with the journey to Nairobi and are replete with information on the country covered. The author, an intelligent observer, knows what she sees, whether on land or water, so that her descriptions are both interesting and informing. The journey from London to Khartoum may be regarded as within the borders of civilization, since Khartoum can be reached by rail and is attracting tourists. But what of the trip from Khartoum to Nairobi through much of darkest Africa? It took two days and a night. What about food and sleep? A few quotations will answer the questions:

Malakal: From the Grand Hotel at Khartoum "the plane was

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