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February 3, 1900

Medicine in the Far East.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(5):310-312. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460050056026

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Abstract

Calcutta, India, Dec. 15, 1899.

THE CHINESE AND THE JAPANESE.  One of the first things that strikes the observer on landing in China, from Japan, is the apparent difference in the physical stamina of the inhabitants of these two countries. I found by experience that this difference was not only an apparent, but a real one; for the jinriksha man of the "Flowery Kingdom" would carry me nearly twice as far in a day, without fatigue as his pig-tailed prototype across the Yellow Sea was able to do.After my observation in China, I am inclined to look upon three factors as causative agents in the production of this result: 1. The wide-spread prevalence of malaria, which I found to affect at least one-third of all the sick Chinese I saw in the country. By this term I mean true paludal malaria, and not that false variety that so many

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