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Insect Man: Fight Against Malaria in Africa Hardcover – 31 Dec 1993

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Press (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850435979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850435976
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,231,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was first published in 1993, has 206 pages, 9 B/W photos, 6 chapters but no maps. The book is dedicated to author's wife IRENE and 2 daughters LINDA and DIANA. ALEC SMITH (Bwana Dudu) joined the colonial medical research service in 1950 as an entomologist in Mwanza, Tanganyika(Tanzania). He worked for 3 years on Ukara Island, in Lake Victoria. After his marriage, he moved to Pare area working on 5 year malaria control project. For next 13 years, he was posted in Arusha. In 1972, he joined the WHO, working in West and Southern Africa. He retired in 1986.
The book starts with Smith narrating his youth. He was born in Birmingham and had interest in insects and birds. By 1943, he had studied botony, zoology and chemistry. After getting his honours in zoology and PhD, he joined the colonial service in 1950 and sailed to MOMBASA and then by train to KISUMU and then sailed to MWANZA. His research was to find out which species of mosquitoes transmitted filariasis and how these dudus could be controlled. For this he had to collect mosquito specimens. He goes to UKARA island to get them. Running out of malaria tablets, he gets fever putting him in bed for 1 week. In 1952, he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro(19,340ft)-both Mwenzi and Kibo summits.
On leave to England, he married IRENE on 6.2.1954 and they sailed to TANGA. On return, he was posted as malaria control entomologist at TAVETA and GONJA. He meets col Grogan in Taveta. On 10.3.1956, Irene had her 1st daughter-LINDA at MOSHI hospital and her 2nd daughter- DIANA on 26.7.1958. In 1959, Smith was posted to ARUSHA for 13 years at the colonial insecticide research unit(CIRU). Irene starts a nursery school within her house and garden. Linda and Diana go to Arusha school and in 1966, they were sent to Ashford school, Kent, England.
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HASH(0x9c347654) out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 April 1999
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This book gave a great insight on the problems of malaria in Africa, well worth reading and must for parasitology students like myself.
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