Observations on Arctic and Subarctic Health
Keywords:Diseases, Tuberculosis, Parasites, Epidemics, Health, Inuit, Indians
AbstractComments on the problems of public health in northern regions of Canada and Alaska, particularly emphasizing the difficulties due to permafrost, poor sanitation and inadequate housing. The principal diseases affecting the native population are discussed, including typhoid, tuberculosis, parasitism and epidemics. The serious problem of accidents is mentioned (55% of all deaths over one yr in the Yukon). Statistics indicating rapid improvements in public health, particularly through control of tuberculosis, are given. The role of government and private organizations and future plans for increasing control of environment are discussed.