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Journals of D. Carleton Gajdusek

The UCD libraries have recently acquired some materials of special interest to Southeast Asianists, scholars focusing on the Western Pacific islands, and anthropologists of medicine.  A physician with a specialty in virology, Gajdusek  was best-known for contributions to the study of kuru, a disease endemic to New Guinea, and the first known infectious prion disease afflicting humans. Gajdusek and Baruch Blumberg shared the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for their joint contributions to the epidemiology of the disease.  The materials are typed notes of travels in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Britain,  and East New Guinea,  written between 1957 and 1962, and 1969-1970; along with notes describing expeditions to the Soviet Union, Madagascar, La Reunion,  Mauritius, Indonesia, Australia, and Guam (1969-1970).

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