Medical School Expedition Returns From Science Trip

Work in Congo Aids Knowledge of Rare Tropical Disease

At the same time that two groups of undergraduates were spending the summer in Alaska with scientific and mountain climbing expeditions, a third outfit went to the opposite end of the earth in search of information on tropical diseases. The Medical School's Department of Tropical Diseases sent an expedition to the Katanga district of the Belgian Congo.

The purpose of this invasion of Africa was to find out if a tropical disease discovered in Guatemala five years ago was the same as one believed to be prevalent among the natives of the Katanga district. Their summer's work convinced the members of the expedition that the two are identical, and a great deal of valuable information was obtained.

Richard P. Strong, professor of Tropical Medicine, headed the group. He had as assistants Jack H. Sandground, assistant professor of Tropical Helminthology, and Dr. Jean Becquaert Henry E. Mallinckrodt '36 served as photographer and and R. S. Pierrepont, Jr., of Princeton, as ornithologist.