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November 19, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1247-1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450210049007

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Where so much good, bad, and indifferent has been written about the medical conduct of our late war, it is to be regretted that so little trustworthy information is to be found in a short, codified form regarding the climate of the West Indies and the nature of diseases peculiar to Army life.

Excepting the work of Laveran on Army diseases and the condensed but comprehensive articles in " Reference Hand-Book of the Medical Sciences," by Dr. Irving C. Rosse, on this subject and on the medical topography of the West Indies, but little appears to be written. Even this little, known to comparatively few readers, would not be referred to here but for the present and prospective interest among our people—civil and military—in all that pertains to the Caribbean climate. Outside of the armed forces, the principal element to be affected by the climatic influences of the Antilles are the

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