The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) was established in 1951 with the merger of the American Society of Tropical Medicine, formed by 28 American physicians in Philadelphia in 1903, and The National Malaria Committee (later Society), formed by 29 charter members in 1916. The focus of the originating societies was necessarily international from the onset. Indeed, a driving force for establishment of the American Society of Tropical Medicine was the acquisition by the United States of possessions in the Caribbean and Pacific near the turn of the twentieth century, with consequent challenges of tropical diseases such as yellow fever and malaria. Now, more than 100 years after the formation of the parent societies, and 65 years after the formation of the ASTMH, it is useful to reflect on the international scope of our Society. More than ever, our Society extends beyond the borders of the United States and welcomes contributions from those around the world interested in tropical medicine and global health.
The authors thank Cathi Siegel, Buffy Finn, Brenda Howe, and Judy DeAcetis for assistance in collating data presented in this editorial.