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April 29, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(17):1374. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500440050010

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The Geographical Society of Baltimore two years ago undertook a scientific expedition to the Bahamas, the islands off the Florida coast which are owned by Great Britain. The report of this expedition has recently been published and that portion entitled "Sanitary Conditions in the Bahama Islands," by Dr. C. A. Penrose, is of especial interest. He states that as different islands are inhabited by descendants of different races it is possible to study racial peculiarities under similar tropical conditions and varying degrees of civilization. In certain islands the whites outnumber the negroes, while in others the negroes are in the majority; and between these two extremes mixtures of black and white blood can be noted. From a racial and scientific standpoint this affords an excellent opportunity of studying the immunity, or lack of it, of the whites, blacks and mulattoes and of contrasting the one

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