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January 14, 1893

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF NEW MEXICO.Read in the Section of State Medicine at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

JAMA. 1893;XX(2):27-29. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420290001001

My doubt lest any audience I might have in Detroit might know more of New Mexico than I myself after a dozen years' residence within its borders was measurably lulled last evening when a member exclaimed on learning my home, "Oh! that is just above Peru."

I am sure the gentleman did not pertain to the Section on State Medicine, but the incident emboldens me in displaying this bird's-eye view of the territory I represent, the land of the undying sun, the purple grape and the plaintive burro.

There being no apparent provision for climatology in the several sections, by the courtesy of the officers of the Section on State Medicine, I am permitted to read here a few notes upon the characteristics of New Mexico and their climatic bearing upon the great problems of the prevention of disease.

Since the Hon. Jacob H. Gallinger of New Hampshire, less than