A Sojourn in Tropical Medicine: Francis W. O'Connor's Diary of a Porto Rican Trip, 1927

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In 1927, Dr. Francis W. O'Connor arrived in Puerto Rico to teach at the then recently-inaugurated University of Puerto Rico School of Tropical Medicine. Over the course of three weeks, he delivered a series of lectures on filariasis, launched a research project, and met people of the diverse strata of the Island's population. Combining the clinical eye of an experienced diagnostician with the visual flair of a watercolorist, O'Connor wrote a daily account of his activities. This book includes this diary, with five essays that expand on the diary's historical, literary, and scientific significance.


Este diario de viaje del medico estadounidense de origen irlandes W. O Connor detalla las condiciones de salud que encontro en la isla en el ano 1927, durante su visita de 18 dias como catedratico invitado de la recien fundada Escuela de Medicina Tropical. Su recuento presenta los primeros esfuerzos institucionales del regimen colonial estadounidense y el gobierno local disenado para combatir y eradicar enfermedades infecciosas y parasitarias como la filariasis, tuberculosis, anemia y lepra. Los resultados investigativos y cuasietnograficos de su breve recorrido por los poblados de Rio Piedras, Pinones, fajardo, Aibonito, Coamo y Aguadilla, entre otras municipalidades, quedan matizados por cuatro ensayos analiticos incluidos en el libro.

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Dr. Francis W. O'Connor is a unique foreigner: an invited scientist and scholar, a doctor in medicine and parasitology with expertise and experience in tropical medicine around the world, as well as a program officer of the Rockefeller Foundation.


Dr. Francis W. O'Connor es un doctor en medicina y parasitología con conocimientos y experiencia en medicina tropical de todo el mundo, así como un oficial de programa de la Fundación Rockefeller

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