November 16, 1999
Vol. LI, No.23
National Conference Explores CVD Trends
NIH Releases New Materials
for Classroom Use
NICHD Celebrates Accomplishments of
Nabel To Direct
NHLBI Clinical Research
Y2K A Major or
NIH Black Scientists
Science in the News
Study Subjects Sought
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
NIH Record Archives
||Lesson for Modern Times|
NLM History Lecture Examines
'Death in the Cannibal Islands'
By Carla Garnett
King Cakobau of the Cannibal Islands
"The great sickness sits at the masthead...
We have fallen upon a new age/
Infectious disease is spreading among us."
English translation of a Fijian meke (chant)
It was supposed to be a good thing. In fall 1874, King Cakobau, the
most powerful ruler of the Cannibal Islands (now known as Fiji),
signed a deed of cession giving Great Britain control of the
archipelago and securing naval protection for the dozens of tiny
islands located in a then fairly remote part of the western Pacific
Ocean. The Fijians would maintain their lands, according to the
agreement, but would become a British Crown colony. England took
the nation under its wing and, by all accounts, the Cannibal Islands
were glad to go. Mutual satisfaction.
M O R E . . .
Extramural Associates Program:
Gaining Momentum for Y2K
When the Extramural Associates Program was conceived 21 years
ago, Dr. Robert Stone was director of NIH, Dr. William Raub was
deputy director of the Office of Extramural Research (OER), Dr.
Carl Douglass was director of the Division of Research Grants and
Dr. Matthew Kinnard was a health scientist administrator in the
extramural program of NIDR.
M O R E . . .