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July 19, 1965

Insect vs Man: A Systemic Repellent?

JAMA. 1965;193(3):40-48. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090030088051

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A San Francisco ex-convict with an unusual personal quality is playing a key role in one area of medical-entomological research.

What sets him apart? He is, simply, particularly unattractive to mosquitoes.

As a result, he is the subject of repeated studies in the search for a systemic insect repellent, one of several areas of investigation reported by members of the Symposium on Insects and Disease during the recent Annual Convention of the American Medical Association.

Several groups of investigators are actively hunting for a systemic repellent, believing that it could be a semi-ultimate, if not ultimate, weapon in the historic battle between man and insect.

Outlining the medical scope of that battle, symposium speakers said that more than 100 disease entities may be transmitted by the mosquito, and that hundreds more may be transmitted by other insects. Some 700,000 types of insects have been identified formally, and perhaps double that

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