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Sept 9, 1968

Public Health Problems in the Olympic Games Setting

Author Affiliations

Dr. Thomas is the medical director, TAMPAX Incorporated, Palmer, Mass; and consultant to the Center for Population Studies, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, Mass.

JAMA. 1968;205(11):754-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140370056011

At dusk on Oct 11, 1968, a flame brought from Greece will be placed on the Temple at Quetzalcoatl in the city of Teotihuacan, 25 miles north of Mexico City. The XIX Olympiad will begin the next day and continue through Oct 27. Following the placement of the Olympic torch on the temple, there will be a giant ballet portraying the ancient Aztec legend that the periodic rebirth of new fire conveys the promise of the gods of continued life for mankind. Because both the XIX Olympiad and the cultural Olympiad are to be held in Mexico this year, it is estimated that at least 200,000 tourists will visit our neighboring country in the month of October.

You and your patients may ask if there are special medically related problems to be encountered in Mexico. If problems are anticipated, then they may be either prevented or adequately cared for.