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By James R. Busvine Ph.D., D.Sc., F.I Biol. (auth.)

About a hundred years in the past, it was once dicovered that bugs transmit grave, normally tropical illnesses - a great deal to the astonishment of the physicians of that point, who observed this as a brand new, in all likelihood effortless, approach of removing the illnesses by way of exterminating the vectors. For a few years, DDT and different then new pesticides completed nice advancements, yet as a result severe setbacks emerged: insecticide-resistance and nervousness approximately toxicity to guy and animals. long ago two decades, severe efforts were made tofind possible choices, with various levels of success.

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Rather than medicine or the army, his interests were in literature, since he wrote a good deal of poetry and published a couple of novels. Curiously enough, some of his first publications in the field of medicine were papers attempting to discredit Laveran, since he believed the parasites to be mere artefacts. All this changed after his visit to Manson, who demonstrated exflagellation to him, which completely convinced him. Some of Manson's conviction about insect involvement in malaria transmission was communicated to Ross, who returned to India full of enthusiasm to prove the case.

Unfortunately, he was wrong on two counts. Later investigators could find no consistent differences in the mosquitoes which fed on man or beast (De Buen 1935), moreover, there was no evidence of selection for a change in feeding habits. Nevertheless, the matter of feeding preference was recognised to be vital and it began to seem likely that there were pre-existing strains or races within 26 The Discovery of Unsuspected Dangers the species An. maculipennis with different habits, though indistinguishable anatomically.

By 1896, Amico Bignami (1898), having reviewed the evidence on transmission in a letter to the Lancet, began to be convinced of infection by a mosquito, noting that the great German bacteriologist Robert Koch had inclined to this opinion (though he tended to believe in inheritance of the pathogen in the insect). In November 1898, Giacomo Grassi and his colleagues (Grassi and Bastianelli 1898) definitely concluded that infection was acquired by the bite of a mosquito; and the same year, Bignami had conducted some trials which he believed proved the point, by transmitting malaria to volunteers by some anophelines captured in an endemic area (Bignami 1898).

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