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August 6, 1904

THE LEISHMAN-DONOVAN BLOOD PARASITES.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(6):407-408. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500060043009
Abstract

A little over a year ago Major Leishman of the British Army published an account of a parasite which he found in the spleen pulp of a patient who had died from a febrile condition resembling malaria. He regarded this parasite as representing most probably a degenerate trypanosome, but Captain Donovan, who later found the same thing, and experts on tropical diseases such as Ross and Laveran, believe the parasite to be of a new species. In view of the fact that parts of this country are semitropical, and considering that even if it is not found in this country, it almost certainly will be in the philippines or in Panama, a fuller knowledge of the parasite and the symptoms produced by it seems desirable. Since the original work on the subject, which MacFarland1 has well summarized, reports have come in from Rogers, Manson and Low, and Neale,2

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