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January 4, 1908

TRAVEL NOTES FROM SOUTH AMERICA.

JAMA. 1908;L(1):36-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310270036003

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Abstract

IX. THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND HOSPITALS OF VALPARAISO.  The terrible earthquake of last year has had no effect whatever in checking the business interests of Valparaiso or the commercial importance of its port. Business is being conducted on as large a scale as before the earthquake, and the mercantile fleet in the open harbor is as large as it was at any time before the disaster. The people have become accustomed to the little shocks and tremblings of the earth, and go about their business as unconcernedly as though the foundations of the city had never been disturbed. There is always a certain fascination about danger zones, and repetitions of the same phenomena or occurrences create a sense of security and a contempt for danger. The city has now, as before the earthquake, about 150.000 inhabitants.The number of physicians is 140, a large number, when we take into account

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