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Mid-eighteenth century entomology and helminthology in the West Indies: Dr. James Grainger



Mid-eighteenth century entomology and helminthology in the West Indies: Dr. James Grainger



Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History 8(3): 193-222



This paper discusses a book, The Sugar Cane, written in verse in 1763 by James Grainger M.D. of St. Kitts; it describes many insects and worms prevalent in the West Indies at that time which are pests of sugar cane or human parasites. Most of the references refer to insects especially mosquitoes and sandflies, but tapeworms (Taenia saginata) are described from Mundingo slaves, and so are guinea worms (Dracunculus medinensis).

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