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November 25, 1933

Insects: Man's Chief Competitors.

JAMA. 1933;101(22):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740470065044

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This delightful little book recounts the ceaseless warfare between man and insects. To be familiar with all the different kinds of insects, a person must learn the names of 10,000 insects each year over a period of sixty years, while the numbers of each particular kind passes man's ability to estimate. Yet, in spite of these odds, man has learned to survive. The book tells what an insect is, describes the lives and habits of some of them and recounts the advances that man has made, especially in the last hundred years, in the battle against those which transmit disease or produce famine by destruction of food supplies.

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