Alphonse Laveran, sa Vie, son Oeuvre

By Marie Phisalix, Agrégée de L'Enseignement Secondaire des Jeunes Filles; Docteur en Médecine de la Faculté de Paris. Paris: Masson et Cie., Éditeurs. Librairies de L'Académie de Médecine, 120 Boulevard Saint-Germain (6e), 1923

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The paper bound volume, Alphonse Laveran, sa vie, son oeuvre, is an interesting and instructive résumé of the life and work of the discoverer of the malarial parasite. It should never be forgotten that this organism was found by Laveran, who was at that time a surgeon in the French Colonial Army, stationed in Algeria, using a microscope of which the highest power was given by a ⅙ inch objective. In the second edition of his Traité du Paludisme, Laveran thus describes the manner in which the organism was found. “My first studies go back to 1878. I was at that time in charge of a service in the hospital at Bône (Algeria), and a large number of my patients were suffering from malarial fever.

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