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American Medicine and World Health 1976

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President, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, New York

Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(4):483-485. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-84-4-483
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A recent Macy conference defined tropical medicine as including the components of "protozoan, helminth and arthropod-borne virus infections, bacterial diarrheas, malnutrition and delivery of health care to the under-priviledged" (1). Adding "family planning and population programs" to the list expands the definition of what might be called the most appropriate "medicine" for the developing countries.

The topics covered in this comprehensive definition have two things in common: they are of prime importance to the health and ultimately the development of the pre-industrial societies; and they are all curiously neglected in medical school curricula, in the developed countries and in the



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