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May 1, 1943


Author Affiliations

Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan ANN ARBOR, MICH.

JAMA. 1943;122(1):8-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180010003

The subject of malaria as a world menace at the present time should not imply that this is a controversial topic. During more normal periods it is generally considered that malaria is the most prevalent of all diseases and probably ranks foremost as a cause of morbidity.

Many have prophesied the complete control, or even eradication, of malaria on the basis of the fact that the plasmodia and their vector, the anopheline mosquito, are vulnerable to attack at many points in their complicated life histories. But thus far the methods of malaria control designed to destroy or curb the larval and adult development of the malaria-carrying mosquito, the attempts to quarantine man from the mosquito and to prevent or cure the disease in man by chemical agents have not, singly or in combination, succeeded in removing malaria as a world problem. As Surgeon General Parran of the United States Public

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