Medical Social Service in the Philippines: A Study of Its Development From World War II to 1957, With Emphasis on Three Hospitals That Inaugurated a Medical Social Service Since 1949
The climate of the Philippines is tropical and near tropical, with amelioration of conditions in the upland parts of the Islands. This means that temperatures exist that are favorable for the development of many of the agents and vectors of disease. High temperatures stimulate the growth of bacteria and insects, increasing the likelihood of infection of skin and surface wounds. High nighttime temperatures tend to make people careless of exposure during sleeping hours, and this, too, increases susceptibility to various diseases. These facts of temperature notwithstanding, many conditions making for disease that normally are attributed to climate are not actually the products of weather and climate. Some of these conditions really pertain to living habits and customs that are part and parcel of a culture and are quite independent of climate. Others are the results of living standards produced by poverty and ignorance. Still others should be attributed to vegetation and surface water. Regional differences in rainfall and in temperature are, of course, partly responsible for these differences in vegetation and surface water supply, and to this extend climate is indirectly responsible.
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Reyes-Carandang, Carmelita, "Medical Social Service in the Philippines: A Study of Its Development From World War II to 1957, With Emphasis on Three Hospitals That Inaugurated a Medical Social Service Since 1949" (1958). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557687.