Dr. F. W. Hutchinson, of Providence, R. I., who has been appointed assistant secretary-general of the Pan-American Medical Congress for the British West Indies and Venezuela, is now visiting the islands of the Spanish Main in the interest of the Congress. He is vested with power to make appointments for those countries. The hearty coöperation which he is receiving is indicated by the report of a meeting at St. Kitts, printed in another column.
There are many reasons why the medical profession of the West Indies and of the United States should be more intimately acquainted. The exchange of American breadstuffs for West Indian products, particularly sugar, forms the basis of a commerce of more than seventy millions of dollars of annual value. A commerce of this magnitude deserves the protection of intelligent and uniform quarantine regulations. The absence of such uniform regulations is to-day the most serious impediment to