The Importance of Environment in the Study of Tropical Diseases

Presidential Address of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine

Wilbur A. Sawyer Director of the International Health Division of The Rockefeller Foundation, New York

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This is the fourth time that the members of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine and their friends have come together for the annual dinner. For this once I have the pleasant privilege of addressing this congenial gathering as president of the Academy and discussing some subject of general interest to the organization. I am deeply appreciative of the honor of election to the presidency, an office made doubly attractive by the eminence of the three former incumbents,—Theobald Smith, Charles F. Craig, and Richard P. Strong.

The purposes of the Academy are stated in the constitution under six headings, but they are essentially the encouragement and support of American work in tropical medicine through spiritual, educational, and material means. The spiritual encouragement is given through the recognition of outstanding accomplishment in tropical medicine, the creation of group consciousness in the workers in that field, and the more intimate association of investigators and teachers within the Academy.

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