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Parasitology: Schistosoma japonicum

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Title: The Story of Dr. Wassell

Country: USA

Year: 1944

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Music: Victor Young

Photography: Victor Milner and William E. Snyder.

Film editor: Anne Bauchens

Screenwriter: Charles Bennett y Alan Le May sobre la novela biográfica homónima de James Hilton.

Cast: Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, Dennis O´Keefe, Carol Thurston y Carl Esmond.

Color: color

Runtime: 140 minutes

Genre: Biography, War, Drama, Romance

Production Company: Paramount Pictures

Synopsis: Biopic about Dr. Corydon M. Wassel (Gary Cooper) a navy hero who saved the lives of wounded sailors before the Japanese invasion. He had worked as a missionary doctor in China, where he discovered (the second to do so) the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum.

Awards: Nominated for an Oscar for the Best Special Effects (1944).

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José Elías García Sánchez1, Enrique García Sánchez1, María Lucila Merino Marcos2

1Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Salud Pública y Microbiología Médica. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

2Departamento de Pediatría del Hospital Universitario de Salamanca (España).

Correspondence: José Elías García Sánchez. Facultad de Medicina. Avda. Alfonso X El Sabio s/n. 37007 Salamanca (Spain).

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Action, from approximately 1909 to 1944 (Arkansas, China, Java) American poster

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Some species of snails are the intermediate hosts of Schistosoma japonicum

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Visualization under the microscope to demonstrate...

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...cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum in water