Economic Interest in Tropical Medicine

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When it was suggested that I speak to this distinguished group, I accepted the assignment with great diffidence. For many years I have had a strong belief in the fruitfulness of cross fertilization between the several fields of learning, and it seemed logical that even so inexact and fumbling a discipline as economics should be able to contribute something of use and value to a group such as this whose concentration has focused upon carrying the findings of medical science to the great task of controlling disease in tropical areas.

My misgivings stemmed from the realization that my knowledge of tropical medicine was so scant that—if I may employ a vulgar phrase that may be meaningful to your craft— if put into one's eye it might or might not be sufficient to induce an acute conjunctivitis.

Author Notes

Economist for the Rockefeller Offices.