The Brussels Medical Convention
The sixth session of the Brussels Journées Médicales was highly successful. A prominent feature was a vast international exposition of the arts and sciences as applied to medicine, surgery, pharmacy and hygiene.Prof. J. Demoor presided at the convention. Maréchal Lyautey delivered an address on "La médecine au service de la colonisation." He referred to a telegram that he had sent during the Madagascar campaign to his commander, General Gallieni, as he entered the country of certain rebellious tribes among whom smallpox was raging: "If you can send me four more physicians, I will send back to you four companies." Marshal Lyautey emphasized the need of uniform action and central control, of medical supervision, and of economy. Colonial expansion has its dark sides, he continued, but, if anything justifies and ennobles colonization, it is the activities of the physician viewed as a mission and an apostleship.