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December 20, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(25):1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480510040007

A Nobel prize has been awarded, as we recently mentioned,1 to Major Ronald Ross, the British army surgeon, for notable achievement in medicine. The Nobel prizes, founded by the Swedish millionaire and philanthropist, Alfred Nobel, are awarded annually for the most notable achievements in medicine, science, literature and the greatest service in behalf of peace in the world. The awards in medicine, science and literature are made by certain learned societies in Stockholm. To determine the recipients of prizes of this kind must always be a matter of great difficulty and discrimination, but we believe that the award of a prize to Dr. Donald Ross will meet with the hearty approval of American physicians and investigators. The results of the brilliant investigations of Ross in the etiology of malaria have established the essential rôle of the mosquito in the spread of this disease, a demonstration of direct practical bearing