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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



Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 60.3 x 91 cm

Publications note

Douglas M. Haynes, Imperial medicine: Patrick Manson and the conquest of tropical disease, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, 26 March - 4 November 2018


Wellcome Library no. 2087i

Creator/production credits

Commissioned by Henry S. Wellcome for the Wellcome Gallery of Portraits, 1912


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