Medicine: Dum-Dum Fever

Kala-azar, or Dum-Dum fever, a mysterious disease somewhat similar to malaria, frequently fatal and extremely disabling, is so prevalent in Eastern India, particularly Assam, Bengal and Madras, that its transmission constitutes "probably the most important unsolved problem of tropical medicine," according to Dr. L. E. Napier and his colleagues, who have been doing research work on Kala-azar for several years at the

Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine. The Indian Medical Gazette, of Calcutta, devoted its July issue to a special Kala-azar number.

The treated cases of the disease have risen 200% in one province since...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!