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ID number ART24269
Title Infecting mosquitoes with malaria (Gunner Gilbert Seaton)
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Heysen, Nora (Artist)
Place made Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Cairns
Date made 9 September 1945
Medium black conte crayon over pencil
Measurement Sheet: 48.4 cm x 36.2 cm; image: 34 cm x 39 cm


Seated at the LHQ Medical Research Unit, Gunner Gilbert Rowland Seaton (WX22004), RAA, is a voluteer participant in the top secret studies that were aimed to further knowledge about the treatment and prevention of malaria. Gunner Seaton who carried a malaria parasite is seated with his arm inside a cage containing mosquitoes which would bite Gunner Seaton and as a result take up the malaria parasite. These mosquitoes would then be used to infect volunteer subjects with malaria in order for further testing to be carried out under controlled conditions.