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A Probable Cause of Malaria


SINCE men of science, such as Dr. Carpenter, Jeffreys, and Wyville Thomson, have proved by repeated and well-conducted experiments that there is life in the ocean,* that there are moving, sensible, living creatures, of nearly every description, in its deepest recesses, it seems rather an idle question, “de lanâ caprinâ,” which has been raised lately about their manner of living there; how they get their food where no plant of any description has ever grown; whether they take in their food by intussusception with a mouth, or by that kind of oozing-in-and-out styled endosmose and exosmose,† or by any other kind of absorption, suiting the glair-like sarcodic stuff which the eozoon of old was made up of, and which is still at work in building, roll upon roll, the myriads and myriads of microscopic Globigerinæ.‡ Yet these seemingly idle questions when treated by men of science and of experience may become the source of discoveries far greater and more important perhaps than they anticipate.


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GAGLIARDI, J. A Probable Cause of Malaria. Nature 1, 481 (1870).

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