Tropical Medicine in Our Time: Development, Responsibilities and Needs

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There are those who believe that we should ever look forward and should eternally fix our eyes on far distant goals, but sometimes it is pleasant to turn backward and in a contemplative mood review the events and vagaries of the past. I had been thinking about the genesis of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and its early activities, and in so doing found great satisfaction in perusing again Ernest Carroll Faust's warm and vibrant account of the first 40 years of that Society's existence. This led me to other thoughts of the past and provoked a curiosity with regard to conditions which existed at the time that Society was founded. You will recall that the Society was organized in Philadelphia in 1903 but that the charter did not become effective until early 1904.

In many respects these years were eventful ones in tropical medicine and witnessed basically important discoveries.

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