The discovery of Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas disease (1908-1909): tropical medicine in Brazil.

@article{Kropf2009TheDO,
  title={The discovery of Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas disease (1908-1909): tropical medicine in Brazil.},
  author={Simone Petraglia Kropf and Magali Romero S{\'a}},
  journal={Historia, ciencias, saude--Manguinhos},
  year={2009},
  volume={16 Suppl 1},
  pages={
          13-34
        }
}
This article analyzes the discovery of Chagas disease and the parasite that causes it (Trypanosoma cruzi) by Carlos Chagas in 1908/1909, with a special focus on the scientific and social context in which this occurred. Its inclusion in the international debate on European tropical medicine--especially with researchers from the German school of protozoology--and its connection with discussions on the modernization of the recently established Brazilian Republic are also examined. The discovery of… Expand
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