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1985. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, XIII: 5-11. Copyright © 1985 Coatney


Looking back some 55 years since beginning my graduate studies, I have come to appreciate my good fortune: (1) to have inaugurated and carried out, over a period of some 35 years, a three-pronged research program (birds, simians, and man) against the world's most important infectious disease-malaria -and during two-thirds of that time, carrying worrisome administrative responsibilities; (2) to have participated in national and international efforts towards alleviation and control of that disease; (3) to have had a remarkable group of professional and subprofessional people who shared all kinds of problems; (4) to have received full support of my scientific efforts from the Directors of the National Institutes of Health, and last, but not least; (5) to have a wife who accepted my sometimes extended peregrinations, here and abroad, necessitated by my commitment to the problem of malaria. A reporter might ask, "How did a native Nebraskan, brought up with winter's snow and hot dry summers choose a tropical disease career?"

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