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February 6, 1926

Bats, Mosquitoes and Dollars.

JAMA. 1926;86(6):439. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670320053033

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This is a somewhat wordy but entertaining account of the author's experiments, during the last twenty-five years, in an attempt to destroy mosquitoes and thereby control malaria by means of the so-called mouse bat described as the arch enemy of the mosquito. After many failures and discouragements, Dr. Campbell was finally able to build a "roost" which the bats inhabited and in which they multiplied. No detailed description of this roost is given. In view of the oft repeated accusation that opponents of this method of mosquito control are intensely ignorant of its advantages, it is somewhat embarrassing to render what would be regarded as unprejudiced judgment. However, it may be safe to suggest that the difficulties admittedly involved throw a somewhat dubious aspect over its practicability. Even the possibility of a financial return from the bat guano will hardly serve to stimulate the development of a bat breeding industry.

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