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December 6, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(14):927. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890140047016

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MEDICAL SURVEY OF PACIFIC ISLAND NATIVES  The Navy is converting a surplus Army ship into a floating laboratory which will visit the islands in the Carolines, the Marshalls and the Marianas to conduct a medical survey of the natives scattered throughout the vast territory of the Pacific which has come under the jurisdiction of the United States. When the laboratory ship visits an island each native will be brought by boat to the laboratory for a complete medical and dental examination, including roentgenograms, according to Adm. Louis E. Denfeld, high commissioner of this territory. While these examinations are under way aboard ship, experts in sanitation will check the water supply, garbage and sewage disposal and rodent control of the island. This survey and the compilation of the first set of vital statistics for the various islands is expected to require several years. According to the Associated Press, Admiral

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