Scientific study of the various problems presented in the Philippines was begun by medical officers of the Army shortly after the American occupation of the Archipelago. Reports of various laboratory investigations bearing on tropical diseases were made by many officers of the medical department, notably Drs. Strong, Calvert, Musgrave, Curry, Craig, Jackson and Vedder. Early in 1906, the United States Army Board for the Study of Tropical Diseases as they Exist in the Philippine Islands was organized by orders from the war department and has been in continuous existence ever since. The following medical officers have been detailed on this board in the order named: Major P. M. Ashburn, Captain C. F. Craig, Captain H. J. Nichols, Captain J. M. Phalen, Captain E. D. Kilbourne, Major W. P. Chamberlain, Major H. D. Bloombergh, Captain E. B. Vedder and Captain John R. Barber. I have served as president of the board
CHAMBERLAIN WP. THE STUDY OF TROPICAL DISEASES IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS: A SUMMARY OF THE WORK PERFORMED DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS BY THE UNITED STATES ARMY BOARD. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(14):998–1002. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040014006
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