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A group left New York yesterday under the auspices of the department of Tropical Medicine of the Medical School on an expedition to Yucatan which may bring forth new light upon the Mayan civilization. The Carnegie Foundation of Washington has also appropriated funds for the expedition, and will bear a part of the expense.
The immediate purpose of the expedition is to make a medical survey of the population of a section of that country. The region selected is about Chichen Itza where is situated a famous sacrificial well of the aborigines. There are some villages of mixed population in the neighborhood, and others of practically pure-blooded Maya Indians. Little is known of the diseases of these people, and it is hoped that this study may throw light upon the causes of the complete collapse of the Maya civilization which followed the Spanish conquest.
The personnel of the Medical Expedition is as follows: G. C. Shattuck '01, M. D. in charge of the Expedition; J. C. Bequaert Ph.D., Entomologogist; J. H. Sandground Sc.D., Parasitologist, all three being from the Department of Tropical Medicine of the School of Public Health; Kenneth Goodner Ph. D., Bacteriologist from the Department of Bacteriology of the Medical School, and B. L. Bennett, Laboratory Technician.
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