Medicine: Love of Gorgas

"They know more about Gorgas, down there in those tropical countries, than we do here. They love him more than we do, if possible."

The speaker was Dr. Franklin Martin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gorgas Memorial Institute. He spoke of the late Col. William Crawford Gorgas, medical expert of the U. S. Army, whose prophylactic approach to the swamps, cisterns and gutters of the Canal Zone and Havana meant the annihilation of mosquitoes. Since in those places the buzzing, spiralling mosquito brought yellow fever, other ravaging tropical plagues, the extermination...