The Beautiful Complexity of the Malaria Parasite:

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    […] It is important to note that the crux of Kuhn’s idea was that science doesn’t just move forwards bit by bit, by require revolutionary ideas and theories to emerge and after standing up to scrutiny, cause an upheaval of the field altogether. Throughout the history of science many revolutions have occurred to change fields; the Copernican revolution and Galileo uprooting Ptolemy’s school of thought (showing that the earth was not at the center of the universe), quantum mechanics displacing Newtonian mechanics, the establishment of aseptic technique and the germ theory of disease, and discoveries including that of the atom and of DNA. Here I want to explore the top 5 Kuhnian revolutions and paradigm shifts in the history of malaria as identified by Jan Peter Verhave (see reference below). I’m writing about this because firstly it is an interesting topic, secondly there are historical lessons to be learnt, and finally, I study and research malaria, so I find it cool and wish to disseminate some of this information with you. If you want a run down of the life cycle of malaria, which in itself is quite remarkable, see my article on it here. […]

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