Palm-shaded buildings of Ancon hospital, best equipped in the tropical world, Panama


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Palm-shaded buildings of Ancon hospital, best equipped in the tropical world, Panama
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Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Underwood & Underwood, Publishers
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New York
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Subjects / Keywords:
Palms   ( fast )
Hospitals   ( fast )
Buildings   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America


Man sitting against a palm tree overlooking four structures of Ancon Hospital.
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Underwood & Underwood Brothers Elmer and Bert Underwood founded Underwood & Underwood in 1880 in Ottawa, Kansas. Starting with door to door sales and eventually branching out into freelance photography work, the brothers' company grew large enough to relocate to New York City in 1891. At the turn of the century the firm was selling 300,000 stereographs a year. After stereograph production was discontinued in the 1920s, Underwood & Underwood sold its stereographic stock to The Keystone View Company. Source:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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University of Florida
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Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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9366 The city of Panama lies at the foot of this hill,
down at our right, with the bay beyond. All tlese hill-
side building command a wide ocean view.
SThe buildings themselves are chiefly the work of the
former Canal Company, but a great deal has been done
by the U. S. medical authorities to put everything into
perfect condition. This is the best equipped hospital to
be found anywhere ifi the tropics,--in fact, a model of
its kind.
All sorts and conditions of men are treated here,
Americans, Spaniards, italians, West India negroes.
Most of the patients are laborers. The effort is to have
every case that needs hospital treatment sent at once to
thiS hospital or to the one at Colon.
The cases of disease treated here are less and less, as
the intelligent and vigorous work of the U. S. Sanitary
Corps has so transformed conditions in the towns and the
laborers' camps as nearly to stamp out tropical fevers and
filth diseases, and those communicable by mosquitoes.
Some accident cases are unavoidable.
An official report of the chief sanitary officer on the
Isthmus, dated Nov. 17th, 1906, stated: "The total
death rate (i. e., in the whole Canal Zone) among the
whites for ten months is but 17.41 per thousand......

SWith an average of 4000 Americans, during ten monthQ
we had but 16 deaths from disease, a rate for the year ol
4.8 per thousand. Our sick rate Ior ten months has aver-
aged 28 per thousand, that is, out of our 26,000 employs
we had, out of every thousand, 28 excused from work oi
account of sickness, every day in the ten months. Thil
would compare favorably with a similar body of men
laborin 1n the Temperate Zone".
KTotes of Travel No. 40. copyright by Underwood "-
Un wfood.
Ancon hospital, the best equipped in all the tropics,
L'hopital Ancon, le mieux pourvu de tous les hopitaux
des tropiques, Panama.
SIncon 2pital, ba6 beiteiingucid)tcte Spital bet Sropenlinber,

El hospital Ancon, el hospital mejor provisto en los
tr6picos, Panama.
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