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August 14, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(16):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500144034

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The year 1947 marked the centennial of Liberia as a republic. This book is a history of the early colonization of the country, the establishment of a commonwealth and ultimately the republic. The country is situated near the African Gold Coast; it has a land area of approximately 45,000 square miles and an estimated population of 1,600,000. Ninety-five per cent of the people are members of indigenous tribes. Citizenship and property rights are restricted to peoples of African blood.

For many years the culture and economy of Liberia were simil ar to others of the dark continent. Little progress was noted until the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company began developing some of the natural resources and introduced Hevea plantations. These plantations were a potent supply source of natural rubber for Americaand Allied nations.

Of interest to those associated with medicine is the important role of modern medicine in the cultural

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