Journal article

Kozen Yoshino's experimental infections with Taenia solium tapeworms: An experiment never to be repeated

Akira Ito, Mika Saito, Meritxell Donadeu, Marshall W Lightowlers

Acta Tropica | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


In the 1930's Kozen Yoshino published 6 papers on Taenia solium. One of these papers is particularly important because it describes the outcomes of experimental infections with T. solium tapeworms in four volunteers, Yoshino being one of them. The paper was written in an old form of the Japanese language, making it almost inaccessible to most researchers around the world. Here we provide a non-literal translation of this work and some brief comments by the translators. Each of the four volunteers swallowed three or five cysticerci recovered from an experimentally infected pig. Each person was found to have harbored 2 - 5 tapeworms when the infections were terminated by drug treatment between..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

MWL acknowledges support from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Principal Research Fellowship GTN1105448. AI thanks for Isao Tada who gave essential information on Kozen Yoshino who did great contribution towards eradication of filariasis and malaria from Okinawa when AI started translation of Yoshino (1934b).