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Death by mosquito
For the fifth video in our series we travel to the tropics to look at the beginning of our understanding of malaria. In 1900 Patrick Manson wrote a seminal paper in the BMJ "Experimental Proof of the Mosquitomalaria Theory" he worked closely with Ronald Ross, who went on to win the Nobel Prize for medicine for his work on malaria.
Since this film was made, the hope that artemisia may represent a powerful new source of antimalarial compounds has diminished slightly with a report in The Lancet showning evidence of resistance in the field.