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July 16, 1898

The Philippine Islands.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(3):137-138. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450030039014

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Fort Wayne, Ind., July 10, 1898.

To the Editor:  —The prospect that the Philippine Islands may come under American rule suggests a matter of interest to the medical profession. The population of the islands is large and the country is very slightly explored. It will become necessary to send from the United States a number of men who will aid the administration there and who must combine scientific attainments and a habit of accurate observation with an occupation that will recommend them to the favor of the inhabitants of the group.It is obvious that the medical profession alone can furnish such agents. Missionaries would come into collision with the religious prejudices of the people and traders would not possess the requisite training to study the ethnology, natural history, geology, economics and diseases of the Philippines. An immense store of invaluable information would be collected by men working in a

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