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Danilwesky observed and recorded avian plasmodia in 1885. Laveran (1891) emphasized the importance of this discovery and suggested that research on bird malaria might help to solve questions on human malaria. Since then, significant papers on bird malaria have been presented by such investigators as R. W. Hegner, W. H. and Lucy G. Taliaferro, C. G. Huff, R. D. Manwell, and R. Hewitt, who studied morphology, physiology, immunity, and transmission of the parasites. Hewitt (1940) made these earlier findings readily available in his monograph on bird malaria.

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