When medical associations were first formed in this country one of their principal avowed objects was the gathering of data in order to enable physicians to understand the various diseases which occurred in different parts of the country. At that time, over a century ago now, meteorologic conditions were considered to influence disease types, much more than is now known to be the case. In spite of this, however, there is a very interesting variation in disease in different parts of the country, and the annual sessions of the American Medical Association—held each year in a different section —serve to call special attention to this. When the Association met at New Orleans two years ago, special attention was given to the intestinal parasitic diseases of the southern states, and great light was thrown on the practical side of the diagnosis and treatment of these affections.
The recent session in Portland,
REGIONAL DISEASES AND THE SESSIONS OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.. JAMA. 1905;XLV(12):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510120041006
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