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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1413
  1. Christopher Martyn (
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    • Scientists, as a breed, are not noted for their modesty. Disputes about priority and authorship are frequent for even the most trivial findings. Joseph Leidy seems to have been an outlier. Denied credit for his discovery that Trichina spiralis, the parasitic nematode that causes trichinosis, has part of its life cycle in the pig, he merely commented that the important thing was that the fact was known and that it was of little consequence who found it. This biography …

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