History of Hookworm


The history of hookworm is concerned with early incidence of the disease; discovery of hookworms and their role in disease; realization of public health implications; the mode of transmission and life cycle; differentiation of the two species of intestinal nematodes, Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus; and the Rockefeller campaign against the disease.

Keywords: ancylostomiasis; Ancylostoma duodenale; Necator americanus; rockefeller sanitary commission; giovanni b. grassi

Further Reading

Ettling J (1981) The Germ of Laziness: Rockefeller Philanthropy and Public Health in the New South. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Kean BH, Mott KE and Russell AJ (1978) Tropical Medicine and Parasitology: Classic Investigations. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Hewa S (1994) The hookworm epidemic on the plantations in colonial Sri Lanka. Medical History 38: 73–90.

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Power, Helen J(Jun 2001) History of Hookworm. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003582]