Man against Malaria

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  • Department of Parasitology, Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

It is tempting to interpret the invitation to give the Charles Franklin Craig lecture that was extended to me as a personal honor. I prefer, however, to believe that the Committee which made the selection was motivated by the desire to find someone who would talk about malaria and, looking around, found that there are very few persons left who claim this as their chief interest. Although I may question the wisdom of their choice of speaker, I can only too readily agree that malaria needs a spokesman. I find myself somewhat in the same position as the tall man attending the funeral of a neighbor who was notoriously lacking in the qualities which may be extolled on such an occasion. No minister was available, and as the neighbors of the deceased gathered around, an awkward silence fell upon them.