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October 8, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(15):1274-1275. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670062023

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Sir Ronald Ross  Sir Ronald Ross, whose name has been rendered immortal by his proving the mosquito theory of malaria, has died at the age of 75 at the Ross Institute and Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London. Born in India, the son of General C. C. G. Ross of the Indian army, he studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and entered the medical service of the Indian army in 1881. Malaria was then the greatest scourge of tropical countries. The prevailing theory was that it was due to a kind of miasma from marshes, which was most abundant in the rainy season and in low-lying ground, though it had been suggested by certain writers as well as by natives that mosqitoes might disseminate it. In 1880 while working in Algiers, Laveran, a French physician, discovered the malarial parasite in the blood and recognized an asexual phase, coincidental with the acute

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