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Titolo:
Ronald Ross and the great malaria problem: historical reference in the biological sciences
Autore:
Coleman-Jones, E;
Indirizzi:
Merchant Taylors Sch, Northwood HA6 2HT, Middx, England Merchant Taylors Sch Northwood Middx England HA6 2HT 2HT, Middx, England
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL EDUCATION
fascicolo: 4, volume: 33, anno: 1999,
pagine: 181 - 184
SICI:
0021-9266(199923)33:4<181:RRATGM>2.0.ZU;2-A
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Keywords:
Ronald Ross; malaria; mosquitoes; research;
Tipo documento:
Review
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Agriculture,Biology & Environmental Sciences
Citazioni:
11
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Coleman-Jones, E Merchant Taylors Sch, Sandy Lodge, Northwood HA6 2HT, Middx, England Merchant Taylors Sch Sandy Lodge Northwood Middx England HA6 2HT
Citazione:
E. Coleman-Jones, "Ronald Ross and the great malaria problem: historical reference in the biological sciences", J BIOL EDUC, 33(4), 1999, pp. 181-184

Abstract

in August 1897, Sir Ronald Ross demonstrated that human malaria parasites develop within Anopheles mosquito hosts. The following year, he worked out the complex life cycle of the parasite, demonstrating that the disease could be spread from one person to another, via the infected bite of a mosquito. Replacing existing theories that malaria was caused by 'bad air', Ross' work led rapidly to the first scientific attempts to tackle the disease through vector control. Although he enjoyed many notable successes, biological,political, and economic problems over the last century have left us with an annual malaria mortality of over 2.5 million people. The story of Ross' work, fascinating in itself, provides an insight into the process of scientific research, from initial hypothesis to proof and application. It also highlights the point, often poorly appreciated, that the discovery of a biological fact does not necessarily lead to the solution of a problem. In this way, historical reference, in the biological sciences, can provide an additional tool to introduce students to the concept of scientific investigation.

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