Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

    Tropical Health, A Report on a Study of Needs and Resources

    Foreword by R. Keith Cannan, Chairman, Division of Medical Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council; Preface by Albert B. Sabin, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor of Research Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati; Introduction by Willard H. Wright, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., Director of the Study. Contributing authors from the Pan American Health Organization, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. xxxi + 540 pages, illustrated. Publication 996 from the Division of Medical Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Washington, D.C. 1962. $6.50

  • Henry E. Meleney
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    Affiliations: 1 Gainesville, Florida
  • Publisher: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 13, Issue 2, 1 Mar 1964, p. 369 - 374
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.1964.13.369


This monumental study was conceived nearly ten years ago by an committee of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene under the Chairmanship of Albert B. Sabin. In 1958 the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council obtained financial support and engaged Dr. Willard Wright to head the study. Its main objective was “to determine the role to be played by the United States in future research and development on problems related to human and veterinary medicine, hygiene, nutrition and climatic influences in the tropics.” An Advisory Committee of twelve was appointed and a staff of seven assistants to Dr. Wright participated in the study.

For practical purposes the “tropics” are divided into five regions: Caribbean-Central-South America, Africa, Southwest Asia, South Central-Southeast Asia, and Oceania, and data on disease occurrence are in general based on these regions instead of on individual countries.


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