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September 7, 1907

THE LITERARY SIDE OF A PHYSICIAN'S LIFE —RONALD ROSS AS A POET.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(10):852-853. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320100040002
Abstract

"In Exile, by R. R., 1906, Privately Printed," is the wording on the title page of a little book, whose anonymous author says: "These verses were written in India between the years 1891 and 1899, as a means of relief after the daily labors of a long, scientific research."

I am at liberty to say that the author is Ronald Ross, sometime an English army surgeon, and now professor of tropical diseases in the Liverpool University. The story of the years which step by step led to his final and convincing proof of the causal relation of the mosquito to malarial disease, is to be found in his Nobel lecture given at Stockholm. It is a sad account of labor in the terrible heats of India when the sweat from his forehead rusted the screws of his microscope, or when for days the congested eyes of overuse forbade all study.

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