Our Society—an Entomologist's Perspective

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  • Laboratories of Medical Entomology, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygence and Public Health, 615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21205

During the long time that I have earned a living as an entomologist, I have been a member of several scientific societies; however, this is the one in which I have felt most at home. No other society offered the excitement and inspiration that I received at the annual meetings by listening to reports of studies on malaria, yellow fever, and other tropical diseases, especially those given by people engaged in field projects in what to me were exotic tropical countries. Furthermore, these were the workers whom I most admired, and to visit with them, however briefly, was another reason why those annual meetings I could attend were so meaningful.

All of us are fully aware of the difficulties facing some areas of biomedical research. In tropical medicine these are especially acute. The infectious diseases no longer are the killers they once were, and so the emphasis in medical research and training has shifted from them to the metabolic and degenerative diseases.

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