My interest in the History of Medicine started when I was a rotating intern at Gorgas Hospital, Panama Canal Zone, in 1964. Then I returned to Panama as a pediatrician in 1967 and continued my research into tropical pediatrics and the medical history of the Panama Canal. After I retired in 2002, several years were spent gathering all the material for a book published in 2007 on the life of Samuel T. Darling, a pathologist who discovered histoplasmosis while working in Panama during the construction of the Panama Canal. Other protagonists of interest have been Carlos J. Finlay, who first proposed the mosquito-vector hypothesis of yellow fever in 1881 and Clara Maass, a nurse from New Jersey who died during the yellow fever human experiments in Cuba in 1900. I have just completed a compilation of all the articles published in the Proceedings of the Canal Zone Medical Association between 1908 and 1928. The Clendening History of Medicine Library has been a splendid resource and of invaluable help in my research.
Chaves-Carballo E. American Medicine and the Panama Canal. The Proceedings of the Canal Zone Medical Association. Abstracts and Annotated Bibliography (1908-1927). Morgan Hill, CA: Bookstand Publishing, 2014 (436 pp)Chaves-Carballo E. Apuntes para el Centenario: La Salud y el Canal de Panamá (1904-1927). Panama: Universal Books, 2014 (514 pp)
Chaves-Carballo E: Gonzalo R. Lafora and child neurology. (Abst) Ann Neurol 2011.
Chaves-Carballo E: Los niños de Escobal, el Hospital Coco Solo y la malaria resistente en Panama [The children of Escobal, Coco Solo Hospital and drug-resistant malaria in Panama]. Revista Cultural La Lotería 2010; (July-August No 491): 64-71.
Presentations and Exhibits:
Co-Curator: The Panama Canal: A triumph of American Medicine," KUMC Special Collections on-line exhibit: May 2016, http://kumc.edu/panama-canal
"American Medicine and the Panama Canal: The Control of Yellow Fever, Malaria and other Tropical Diseases" KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Lawrence, May 7, 2015
Co-curator: "A triumph of American Medicine: William Gorgas, Ancon Hospital and the Panama Canal", Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum, 2014-2015.
"American Medicine and the Panama Canal: Miasmas, Mosquitoes and Malaria" Linda Hall Library Lecture Series, December 4, 2014.