The International Protozoan Type Slide Collection: Its Origin and Goals

  • Burdette W. EricksonJr.
Part of the Comparative Pathobiology book series (CPATH, volume 1)


At the First International Conference on Protozoology held in Prague, 1961, Dr. Jaroslav Weiser urged protozoologists around the world to consolidate their slide collections, publish the contents, and deposit type materials in centralized locations. Between 1961 and 1970, the single strongest force for organized invertebrate collections was the founder of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology (S.I.P.), the late Dr. Edward A. Steinhaus. In June, 1965, he was instrumental in the formation of the Registry of Tumors in Lower Animals, a joint venture of the National Cancer Institute and the Smithsonian Institution. By July, 1968, he had established the Center for Pathobiology under the auspices of the University of California at Irvine. In an editorial to the Society (1968), Dr. Steinhaus stressed the need for centers around the world to serve, among other purposes, as repositories for type materials of infectious agents.


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  • Burdette W. EricksonJr.
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  1. 1.Division of Cancer Treatment National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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