Tropical Medicine in New York City

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  • Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Cornell University Medical College

Tropical medicine has not achieved a rank in our northern states comparable to that in England, France, Germany and Holland. This is doubtless the result of our lack of extensive tropical colonies. Unlike those countries, we have no large groups of citizens resident abroad. With the increase in commerce and travel, however, the diseases of the hot countries have become more important in the medical practice of our larger seaports. This has been recognized on the West coast largely through the work of Reed and his associates.

There has been comparatively little interest in tropical medicine in New York City since the last outbreak of yellow fever in the middle of the last century. Opinion, at the present time, does not differ materially from that current in London when Sir Patrick Manson returned from China to begin his work at the Seamen's Hospital. Tropical diseases are looked upon as curiosities, of interest but of little importance.

Author Notes

Research Associate, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Cornell Medical College; Associate Physician, The Fifth Avenue Hospital.

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