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March 1948

Science and Scientists in the Netherlands Indies.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1948;81(3):428. doi:10.1001/archinte.1948.00220210182032

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This book is worth reading. It gives an attractive account of life in the Netherlands Indies as observed through the eyes of men with scientific training. One gets an idea not only of the country but also of the people, the climate, the plant and animal life and the history that has made civilization go forward there so steadily.

There are several chapters which deal with medicine. Donath and van Veen describe the fundamental researches on beri-beri by Eijkman, who proved that vitamin B1 was the important factor in the disease. There are five sections which tell the story of cultivation of quinine. An article by Otten van Stockum outlines her researches on rabies—unfortunately interrupted by her death. De Waart discusses medical education in that part of the world, stating that a medical school was opened in Batavia in 1852 and showing how since then medical education in the Netherlands

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