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June 3, 1905

ISTHMIAN SANITATION AND THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE SANITARY DEPARTMENT.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(22):1783-1784. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500490059009

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Abstract

Interest in sanitary affairs at the isthmus is just now centered in two special features, namely, the state of health in the canal zone and in the cities of Panama and Colon and the status of the sanitary department under the new canal commission.

With reference to the general health within the canal zone it is gratifying to be able to state that advices as late as May 10 were to the effect that with 11,000 men on the rolls, there were only 199 on the sick list; later advices do not change these figures, which are certainly favorable. This fact should be generally heralded if for no other reason than that its widespread dissemination would tend to increase the confidence in the efficient sanitary administration and to dissipate the deep-seated dread of the climate which, judging from experience under the American occupation, has been much maligned. At the same

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