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August 6, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):280-281. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450060018001f

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Briefly as possible I will venture a few suggestions along lines that point to a domain unexplored by this Association, or at least unoccupied by this body. It is a virgin field, inviting the cultivating touch of the medical husbandman; an undeveloped province awaiting conquest.

For fifty years the profession of this country has had vague cognizance of the existence of such an Eldorado, but has never braved the wilderness, the tropics or the desert, to reach it.

The populace of this country had a vague knowledge of the Philippine Islands; that much of our hemp and palm leaf fans and manila wrappers for cigars were imported from there; but not until the echoes of Dewey's guns and the dull thud of a Spanish fleet striking the bottom of Manila bay and startling from its lethargy a civilized world, was any interest manifested in those tropical isles so

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