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June 10, 1939

Big Fleas Have Little Fleas or Who's Who Among the Protozoa

JAMA. 1939;112(23):2464. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800230088042

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Whenever a chemist, a biologist, a physician or any other kind of scientist suddenly appears on the scene with the extraordinary ability to present his knowledge in such a manner as to interest the average reader, he is welcomed with loud shouts of joy and satisfaction. If he possesses as well the extraordinary ability to make sketches that are full of human interest and if he possesses also a sense of humor like that of the renowned James Thurber, he merits a pedestal. Thus we salute Prof. Robert Hegner of the School of Hygiene and Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University, whose Messenger Lectures at Cornell University in 1937 are here elaborated in a mixture of prose and verse, humor and science, such as seldom appears on the medical scene. The book is readable, enjoyable and enlightening; it deserves a tremendous audience.

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