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February 20, 1909

Colonial Medical Service in the Fiji Islands

JAMA. 1909;LII(8):648-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540340046012

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To the Editor:  —The medical affairs of Fiji, as well as other colonial interests in these islands, are centered in Suva, which is situated on the south coast of the island of Viti Levu. Suva, the capital of the group since 1882, is the chief commercial port in the islands. Of the 4,000 inhabitants, less than one-third are Europeans, the population being composed of native Fijians, Polynesian and East Indian immigrants.Suva is a well-groomed little town nestled among the green hills of the highest volcanic island in the Fiji group. A natural harbor is formed by coral reefs which furnish excellent protection from the south seas, and permit anchorage of large ships within the reefs. The climate is warm but healthful. The mean temperature is about 80 F. The extremes lie between 60 and 94 F. From October until April the climate is hot and dry. The winter months

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