Sir Patrick Manson: The Father of Tropical Medicine

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  • Wilmington, North Carolina

The death of Sir Patrick Manson in his seventy-eighth year will be regretted throughout the whole civilized world but especially in those vast tropical areas which either directly or indirectly have been so helped out of disease into health through his activities. In his earlier work he was a veritable torch-bearer making his own road as he went, for none had preceded him; but he carefully blazed the trail and now unknowingly or thouthtlessly every day in our work we travel that safe course laid out by him so many years ago unmindful of the difficulties and hardships which he met silently and alone. It matters not what branch of tropical medicine may interest us, we will not go far in it without seeing the wise part played in its early history and development by Sir Patrick Manson. His observations being made with the precision and accuracy which characterized all he ever did, remain in spite of the years, our safest guide.

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