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Not only is this the Geophysical Year, but despite all the hullabaloo about the Mayflower and such like we should remember that the forebears of our founding fathers of the republic actually got their first toehold in this country on a permanent basis at Jamestown, Virginia, 350 years ago. That was long before Plymouth Rock was ever heard of. To those of us who are softened by nipping about from place to place in cars, planes, trains, who in winter live in a hothouse environment and in an artificially cooled one in the summer, and who can practice the best possible contemporary medicine in magnificent hospitals and with every kind of facility, it is interesting to realize how narrow was the margin by which the original colonists held on and how little they had besides fortitude. After visiting Jamestown and Williamsburg this summer and taking a journey to Roanoke Island,
Bean WB. Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(6):1015–1016. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260120159021
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