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One of the most important and far reaching developments of the modern scientific study of preventable diseases is the rôle of insects in the spread of disease. As a result, interest in the appearance, characteristics and habits of all insects which come in contact with man has been greatly stimulated. After centuries of close association with the common fly, we are just beginning to learn how little we know about him. Major Hardy's book is perhaps the most complete, from the standpoint of the naturalist, of anything that has so far been published. Evidently his interest in the subject has been lifelong, as the reader is told in the first chapter that, when barely more than 9 years old, he visited an aunt who was a veritable examplar of genteel breeding and propriety after the early Victorian pattern. She seriously reprimanded the child for cruelty in feeding the garden spiders
The Book of the Fly. A Nature Study of the House-Fly and Its Kin, the Fly-Plague and A Cure. JAMA. 1915;LXV(18):1573–1574. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580180077036
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