The Undergraduate Curriculum in Tropical Medicine

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  • Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Increasing attention to tropical medicine in the United States is shown (1) by the growth of the American Society of Tropical Medicine to a membership of over 400 persons, concerned with practice and research in this field; (2) by the organization February, 1934, of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine, concerned with matters of national policy and coördination; (3) by the organization in 1935 of the non-medical American Foundation for Tropical Medicine, concerned with financial support; (4) by widespread interest in particular disease problems such as amebiasis, psittacosis, plague, malaria, yellow fever, hookworm and numerous others; and (5) by a reflection in the curricula of medical schools of recognition of the practical importance of tropical medicine for the practicing physician in the United States. Our present attention is centered on this last point. Two trends are becoming evident. The first is the recognized need of specific instruction in the natural history, prevention and cure of diseases of warm climates.