Major-General Sir David Bruce, K.C.B., F.R.S

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THOUGH David Bruce, whose recent death removes from the field of tropical medical research one of its most brilliant investigators, made discoveries of the utmost importance in connexion with Malta fever, for which he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1899, his name will ever be associated with Africa, that dark continent where mysterious and dread diseases of both man and animals had brought ruin to expeditions of explorers and loss of hope and too often death to those attempting its development. Malaria and black-water fever, yellow fever and sleeping sickness took their toll of human lives, while tsetse fly disease or nagana and other obscure maladies wrought havoc amongst the domestic stocks, frequently wiping out in a few days the entire animal transport of some luckless adventurer. It is for his work on two of these diseases, nagana and sleeping sickness, that David Bruce attained his world-wide reput ation.

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WENYON, C. Major-General Sir David Bruce, K.C.B., F.R.S. Nature 129, 86–88 (1932) doi:10.1038/129086a0

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