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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Malaria Centre

Notebook showing Ross’ discovery of mosquito transmission of malaria, 1897

 
Photograph copyright LSHTM Archives
 

Photograph copyright LSHTM Archives

23 November 2015
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This notebook belonged to Ronald Ross and is currently held at the LSHTM Archives, was kept during the years 1895-1897 whilst he was in India. During the dissection of the stomach tissue of an anopheline mosquito fed four days previously on a malarious patient, Ross found the malaria parasite, from which he proved the role of Anopheles mosquitoes in the transmission of malaria parasites in humans. This discovery won Sir Ronald Ross the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1902.

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