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May 3, 1941

Bird Malaria

JAMA. 1941;116(18):2122. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180128032

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Malarial parasites were discovered in birds only a few years after the description of malarial parasites in man by Laveran. Not only has work on them been closely related with the work on the parasites of man but they have played an amazing part in the development of knowledge regarding the transmission, pathology, immunology and therapy of the human infections. The present volume should therefore have a wide appeal to students of malaria. It is admirably conceived and excellently outlined. Following an introductory statement there are eleven chapters considering the discovery and early history of bird malaria, geographic distribution and incidence, experimental hosts and methods, species of parasites, characteristics of laboratory infections, symptomatology and pathology, immune reactions, chemotherapy, sexual cycle and mosquito transmission, the exoerythrocytic stages and suggested problems for investigation.

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