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Man's Reaction to Mosquito Bites


IT is widely known that different individuals give very different reactions to the bites of insects, and also that repeated exposure may a ter the reactions of one individual (Boycott1, Hecht2), but surprisingly little work has been done on this subject. The availability of a group of human volunteer subjects for medical research made it possible to investigate the effect of the bites of various species on individuals who could be kept under observation for long periods.


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MELLANBY, K. Man's Reaction to Mosquito Bites. Nature 158, 554 (1946).

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