The Future of Tropical Medicine

Alfred C. Reed Medical School, University of California, San Francisco

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In the last few years a series of provocative addresses has been presented before the American Society of Tropical Medicine. These have been concerned with the history, accomplishments and human service of tropical medicine under the American flag. Outstanding was the presentation of Dr. F. F. Russell (1) in 1934, on the educational background for the practice of tropical medicine. Russell noted the wide interest in adequate medical care which meant preventive as well as curative medicine. He stated that a proper combination of the two requires better undergraduate instruction in hygiene and public health.

In 1936, Reed and Forster (2) surveyed the location and extent of teaching facilities in tropical medicine and recorded the rapid recognition of the contribution of tropical to general medicine. After this, the council of our Society set up a committee on education in tropical medicine, whose report at this session marks a long forward step in preparation for the future of this specialty.