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Title: The great plateau of northern Rhodesia, being some impressions of the Tanganyika Plateau
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: Gouldsbury, Cullen
Publisher: E. Arnold,
Contributing Library: Gumberg Library, Duquesne University
Digitizing Sponsor: Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation
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ves say that, if bushed at night, they first climbthe tallest tree and sniff about for the smell of fire fromthe nearest village which, especially in the wet season, theymaintain they can locate within a two-mile radius. Faihngthis guiding smell, and when no tinder can be found for thefirestick, they make a rude perch in the boughs, andphilosophically await the dawn. We can discuss only in a general fashion the variousquestions of native health, diseases and their treatment,without any pretence at medical or scientific arrangementand method. The often reiterated deadliness of the tropical climateis, of course, a myth where the natives themselves areconcerned, and year by year its influence upon Europeansis mitigated, owing to the researches of the various schoolsof tropical medicine. Indeed, the British Medical Journal(p. 1291, October 1909) states : Having given statisticsas to the decrease of mortality from different diseases,Professor Osier said a remarkable result had been that in
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