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June 16, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(24):1526-1531. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610240018003d

This subject should be treated by some one who has personal information, but our army and navy medical officers have doubtless been too much occupied by their duties to indulge in study or composition. The medical department at Washington has as yet issued no reports, while standard works on geographic pathology give but little attention to the Philippines, and original ones by Filipino or Spanish authors are not accessible to many American readers. Yet the Philippine Islands, with their teeming millions of inhabitants, are on our hands and we must face our duty toward them. All this is my apology for presenting this paper, which contains in condensed and systematized shape all the data that I have gathered from a number of authorities, whose titles are given in the bibliographic index at the end of the article.

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