The eastern Carolina region, since Stiles in 1902 and later the Rockefeller Foundation made their memorable surveys in regard to hookworm infestation, has been regarded by other parts of the United States as a region of sandhills and cypress swamps, inhabited by "poor white trash, razorback hogs and hookworms," the favorite pastimes of the natives being drinking homemade moonshine, eating clay and sleeping.
The Stiles survey, and the surveys made later, were startling. The figures of the rate of infestation were as high as 60 per cent of the population in some instances. Jacok's1 infestation rate in a hookworm survey is given in table 1. These figures were for school children and hence would not apply to the general population. But in spite of this there is a very decided decrease in the rate of infestation.
What conditions exist today? Many years have elapsed, and numerous changes have come