Patrick Manson experimenting with filaria sanguinis-hominis in Amoy (Xiamen), China. Oil painting by E. Board, ca. 1912.
- Board, Ernest, 1877-1934.
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In 1876-1877 Manson persuaded his gardener, who was infected with filariae, to allow himself to be fed on by the mosquito culex fatigans. By dissecting the mosquitos, Manson discovered in them the embryo worm called filaria sanguinis hominis, and thus proved for the first time the involvement of an arthropod (the mosquito) in the life-cycle of a parasite