Skip directly to local search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Volume 17, Number 10—October 2011

Etymologia

Etymologia: Plasmodium knowlesi

Suggested citation for this article

[plaz-mo’de-əm no-le-se]

From the Greek, plasma, anything formed or molded, and Robert Knowles, a physician with the Indian Medical Service, credited with discovery of the organism. Knowles himself attributed the finding of P. knowlesi to 2 colleagues (L.E. Napier and H.G.M. Campbell) at the School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Calcutta who found the protozoan while investigating kala-azar transmission. “Knowing that we should be interested in the strain from a protozoological point of view,” Knowles wrote, “[Napier] handed over the original monkey to my assistant, Dr. B.M. Das Gupta.” Das Gupta maintained the strain in monkeys until he and Knowles were able to carry out human infection experiments, which they reported in 1932.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The history of malaria, an ancient disease [cited 2011 Jul 22]. http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/history; Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary. 31st ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2007; Knowles R. Monkey malaria. BMJ. 1935;2:1020. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.3907.1020; Knowles R, Das Gupta BM. A study of monkey-malaria, and its experimental transmission to man. Ind Med Gaz. 1932;67:301–21.

Suggested citation for this article: Etymologia: Plasmodium knowlesi. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Oct [date cited]. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1710.ET1710

DOI: 10.3201/eid1710.ET1710

Related Links

Top of Page

Table of Contents – Volume 17, Number 10—October 2011

Comments to the EID Editors

Please contact the EID Editors via our Contact Form.

 

Past Issues

Select a Past Issue:

Art in Science - Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases
Now available for order



CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives, Protecting People, Saving Money. Learn More About How CDC Works For You…

USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO