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The essay examines the scientific representations that unfolded and manifested at the University of Puerto Rico School of Tropical Medicine (STM) under the auspices of Columbia University (1926-1949). It focuses on the emerged scientific representations and on the kind of science practiced at the School, and has been divided into four sections: images of science, evolution during the first two eras (1926-31 and 1932-40), the unfolding third and last era (1941-49), and special technical studies. This article on the STM's scientific endeavors is the second in this historical serial collection about the images and evolution of sciences at the institution, and portrays the events and processes of the first two scientific eras. It reviews the faculty's principal investigations, development of research programs, and concomitant scientific productivity and research outcomes. The following historical sources were considered: academic and research reports, and publications in external and local venues. On findings, bacteriological investigations and studies on mycology and dermatological fungal infections characterized research during the first era. Parasitology became the hegemonic science of tropical medicine during the second scientific era, in conjunction with important studies on nutrition and streptococcal bacteriological infections. Variations of an earlier tropical medicine discourse of 'abundance of material for study' were: the socioeconomic toll of tropical diseases and a biopower exertion of induced recruitment of medical bodies. And public health field-community studies became a critical research approach at-end of periods. The evolution of science in the last and third era will be the main subject of the next article.
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