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December 4, 1967

William Crawford Gorgas

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USAR (Ret) Philadelphia

JAMA. 1967;202(10):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130230117035

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To the Editor:—  By the many admirers of the accomplishments of William Crawford Gorgas in controlling disease in the tropics your issue of Sept 11, 1967, with the reproduction of the painting, "The Culebra Cut" by Jonas Lie and the stimulating editorial, is welcomed.You refer to the perpetuation of his ideals in the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama City, Panama.In 1942 Wyeth Laboratories established the Gorgas Medal and Honorarium and has sponsored this annually in cooperation with the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. In calling attention each year to a medical officer who has made a major contribution in preventive medicine, this award has sought to stimulate physicians presently in the federal service to emulate the accomplishments of Major General Gorgas. In 1966 the award was given to Col William D. Tigertt, MC, USA, for his studies with malaria. I congratulate you on your timely