The Present Status of Tropical Medicine and Some Future Problems

Edward B. Vedder
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Individuals, Societies and Nations are born, grow into a vigorous manhood, become aged and die. Some organizations possessing unusual vigor live a long time, like the Catholic Church which has outlasted many nations; and as Macaulay wrote “She may still exist in undiminished vigor when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's.”

Is there any reason to suppose that our Country will last as long as the Egypt of the Pharaohs or as long as ancient Rome? It certainly will not last very long under officials who wish to arrogate all powers to themselves and to regulate the lives of every one of us.

This country was founded on the idea that only the liberties of the people were important, and that the State existed solely to serve them.

Author Notes

Colonel, United States Army, Retired.