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March 31, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(13):934-935. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640400050024

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Science in the Army  Sir William Leishman, F.R.S., has been appointed director general of the army medical service. The appointment marks a new departure in the service, for previously the position was given to men who had distinguished themselves as administrators, never to a scientist. Sir William Leishman entered the army medical department in 1887, and became major in 1905, colonel in 1915, and major-general in 1918. He has done a considerable amount of research in bacteriology, and is known all over the world for his discovery of the parasite of kala-azar, which he observed in films taken from the spleen of a soldier who had died from the disease in 1900; but he did not publish a description of it until 1903, when the same observation was independently made by Lieutenant-Colonel Donovan of the Indian medical service, who found the organism by splenic puncture during life. In 1903, he

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