Lessons in Malariology from World War II

The Charles Franklin Craig Lecture, 1945

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  • Division of Parasitology, Army Medical School, Field Staff, International Health Division, The Rockefeller Foundation (on leave of absence)
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Man's net losses from World War II are so enormous that it would be illogical indeed to refer to war-produced scientific advances as dividends or to point to them with thoughtless pride. Rather, such progress constitutes salvage which, to be sure, sometimes has considerable value because conditions of war while they rarely permit classical research do present an urgency which demands, and often obtains, quick answers to difficult problems. New lessons are learned and others re-learned, painfully and at great expense.

Military requirements during the past six years undoubtedly stimulated malariology and it is fitting to discuss the subject in a lecture which honors Colonel Craig,—a military surgeon who, during his years of active service, was the Army's foremost malariologist. His textbook on the malarial fevers summarized the subject up to 1909 and may still be read with great profit.

Author Notes

Colonel, Medical Corps, A.U.S.