Ken Warren and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Great Neglected Diseases Network, 1978–1988: The Transformation of Tropical and Global Medicine
In 1970, Sir Harold Himsworth, Secretary of the British Medical Research Council, published a book on the theory of scientific knowledge in which he observed how scientists add to the collective corpus of enlightenment (1). He rejected the Baconian picture of natural knowledge as a ramifying tree, which scientists explore by climbing like squirrels up and out along the branches. Instead, he proposed the model of a great sphere into which, more like moles, scientists burrow centripetally from multiple starting points on its surface. At any point, they start with a concrete problem and a practical aim.
A decade earlier, the American medical researcher, Kenneth S Warren identified just such a problem and, more importantly, a scientific program for its alleviation. Warren had developed a personal research formula in immunoparasitology that had established his status as a renowned investigator in schistosomiasis. His work was an early attempt to apply modern biomedical technology in the...
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