Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Reminiscence. The concept of the eradication of malaria was born in the United States but its growth was slow. It had to overcome the dictum that while malaria could be controlled eradication should not be attempted.

This was so in spite of the urging of one man who did have the vision of eradication and who stated it forcefully, Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman. Perhaps his vision was too broad for his day and the tools at hand too expensive or not sufficiently effective. Perhaps he ranked quinine too high as an antimalaria tool or else he described his plan too much as a movement and too little as a specific program. In any case, it received no support at the time.

In his paper, “A Plea for a National Committee on the Eradication of Malaria”(Hoffman, 1916),he told of the adoption by the Second Pan American Scientific Congress on 8 January, 1916, of his resolution “That all American countries inaugurate a well considered plan of malaria eradication and control based upon the recognition of the principles that the disease is preventable to a much larger degree than has thus far been achieved, and that the education of the public in the elementary facts of malaria is of the first order of importance to the countries concerned.”


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