How Much Control of Communicable Diseases?

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The American Society of Tropical Medicine was established in Philadelphia, March 9, 1903 by a small group of well known clinicians who were members of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Of the 28 who signed the Charter, nine were members of the Jefferson Medical College Faculty. At the first public meeting, James Carroll, Surgeon, U. S. Army, addressed the Society on the subject “The etiology of yellow fever.” Sixty-two years later, our Society can contemplate with pride the enormous contributions made during the past six decades in the field of tropical medicine by the membership of our current organization and its parent societies, particularly in the field of control of communicable diseases.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, communicable diseases were exacting a colossal toll of life in all areas of the world, but in the tropics and subtropics the losses were truly devastating.

Author Notes

Professor and Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, 1025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.