The American Academy of Tropical Medicine

A Brief Sketch of Its Founding, Its Purpose and Its Accomplishments

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Organization of the American Academy of Tropical Medicine was the natural culmination of a need experienced by American physicians and medical scientists to integrate clinical and research activities in tropical diseases, to sponsor education in this field, and to discover ways of financing these objectives. Following informal conferences, an organization was effected in Washington, D. C. in February, 1934, and was incorporated the same year as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the District of Columbia. The late Earl B. McKinley, then Dean of the Medical School of George Washington University, was the stimulating personality in the formation of the Academy. Mr. Perry Burgess, President of the Leonard Wood Foundation, obtained funds for defraying the expenses of organization, as well as for publication of the comprehensive volume entitled “A Geography of Disease”, which appeared in 1935 under Doctor McKinley's editorship. As an indication that the founding group planned this as an American undertaking, Article I of the By-Laws of the Academy restricts active membership to citizens of the United States of America, although honorary members were not limited as to nationality.

Author Notes

Secretary of the Academy, Dept. of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Medical School, Tulane University, 1430 Tulane Ave., New Orleans 12, La.