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Unformatted text preview: The Story of the Anti-Malaria Wind Fans Once upon a time, only a little more than a hundred years ago, everyone was sure that Malaria, Yellow Fever and a lot of other diseases were caused by bad-smelling air that came out of swamps. Really, of course, what brought the diseases was mosquitoes. Several US doctors had to sacrifice their lives in experiments to prove the new theory. Walter Reed was one of the heroes of this story. Despite their experiments (which were denounced by editorials in the New York Times, and many other newspapers), it took years before everyone was convinced. Imagine an alternative past in which somebody, around 1890, had the brilliant idea of building large fans to blow the bad swamp air back into the swamp, and away from towns and people's houses, and the Panama Canal, etc, Such fans would probably have blown quite a few mosquitoes back into the swamps, also; or maybe they would just have frightened some of the mosquitoes, so that they flew in some other direction. maybe they would just have frightened some of the mosquitoes, so that they flew in some other direction....
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- Fall '10
- cell biology