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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 11 (1927)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 299

Last Page: 304

Title: Preventive Medicine and Health in Venezuelan Oil Fields

Author(s): E. P. De Bellard (2)


Extreme tropical conditions characterize the Maracaibo Basin, but the entrance of large oil companies into the area has dispelled many erroneous ideas about the terrors of the jungles. No one need hesitate about going to Venezuela if he possesses ordinary health. None of the deadly plagues exists there. Malaria is common, but readily controlled by protection against mosquitoes and by the proper use of quinine. Although the jungle is inhospitable and is inhabited by tigers and snakes, the insects are the most dangerous, and these can be successfully combated. Temperance and morality are necessities to health in the tropic. Anyone leading a clean life and observing a few simple rules of prophylactic medicine will find the tropic wholesome.

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