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December 15, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(24):2035-2036. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650240039018

Some of our familiar insect neighbors have acquired an unenviable reputation as trouble makers for the human family since the science of medical entomology was born in 1879. Manson's epoch-making discovery, in that year, of the rôle of the mosquito in the development of filarial worms paved the way for the discovery by Theobald Smith in 1893 of the transmission of Texas fever by the cattle tick, and by Ross in 1898 of the relation between mosquitoes and malaria. Since then the tick and the flea have been charged with responsibility for a variety of infectious maladies, while the fly has been swatted as though it represented the worst of the enemies to human welfare. Despite the terms of familiarity on which they sometimes live amid our habitations, the bedbug and the cockroach somehow have managed to escape equally severe condemnation from the student of disease. It must be admitted,