Laveran, Charles Louis Alphonse

Abstract

Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran was a French army physician. His 1880 discovery of the malaria parasite and other contributions to medical parasitology merited the 1907 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He also worked on sleeping sickness, Leishmaniasis and other parasitic human and animal diseases.

Key Concepts:

  • The parasite of malaria was discovered in 1880.

  • Malaria was an important disease in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Keywords: malaria; sleeping sickness; Institut Pasteur; parasitology; protozoan diseases

Further Reading

Alphonse Laveran – Biography. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1907/laveran.html

Idem T (1880) Deuxième note relative à un nouveau parasite trouvé dans le sang de malades atteints de la fièvre palustre. Bulletin de l'Académie de Médecine 2nd ser 9: 1346.

Klein M (2008) Laveran, Charles Louis Alphonse. In: Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. 8, pp. 65–66. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Laveran A (1880) Sur un nouveau parasite trouvé dans le sang de plusieurs malades atteints de fièvre palustre. Bulletin de l'Académie de Médecine 2nd ser 9: 1268.

Sergent E, Sergent E and Parrot L (1929) La découverte de Laveran: Constantine 6 novembre 1880. Paris: Masson.

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Osborne, Michael A(Jan 2011) Laveran, Charles Louis Alphonse. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002500]