Reports of the Sleeping Sickness Commission of the Royal Society Volume 9-11

Reports of the Sleeping Sickness Commission of the Royal Society Volume 9-11

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the study of Glossina palpalis and its relation to Sleeping Sickness naturally stood in the front rank as a subject of study by the Commission, it was necessary to have a large supply of tsetse flies to work with. The Lake-shore is six miles away, so that it was not possible for the fly-boys to walk up and down every day, and also find time for catching the flies. The six fly-boys, therefore, lived in a hut near the Lakeshore at Kibanga, one of the authorised landing places. This landing place on the arrival of the Commission was found to be in a neglected and overgrown condition, and tsetse flies were quite numerous. As a market at that time was held here once a week, at which some hundreds of natives congregated from Buvuma and other infected islands, to sell earthenware pots and dried fish to the natives on the mainland, the danger of such a state of affairs was unmistakable. This, on being pointed out to the "Sekibobo "--the head Chief of the district--was at once remedied, and afterwards not a single tsetse fly was caught at Kibanga. But as a consequence the fly-boys were forced to use a canoe to reach a spot where flies could be caught. A suitable place was found a short distance away, and the flies are so numerous along the Lake-shore, that although the boys caught about 500 flies daily at the same spot, the supply showed no signs of diminishing. Historical.--For the information of the lay readers of this Report, it may be useful to summarise the work already done on Sleeping Sickness by the various Commissions sent out to Uganda by the Royal Society. The first was sent out in 1902. The second Commission, sent out in 1903, first discovered that Sleeping Sickness is due to the action of an animal blood parasite--the Trypanosoma...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236582314
  • 9781236582317