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The stereotype of the "lazy Southerner" may have been caused by widespread hookworm infections in the American South.
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Rachel Nuwer’s NOVA Next Article—How a Worm Gave The South a Bad Name: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/how-a-worm-gave-the-south-a-bad-name/

The CDC on Hookworm: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/hookworm/

Health Affairs—How Four Once Common Disease Were Eliminated From The American South: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/6/1734.short

Sabin Vaccine Institute on the Human Hookworm Vaccine: http://www.sabin.org/programs/vaccine-development/human-hookworm-vaccine

The New Yorker—The War of the Worms:
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/war-of-the-worms

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Host, Writer, Animator, Editor
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Sophie Benson

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The following videos and images were use courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center. Thank you!
Pot Belly: http://rockefeller100.org/items/show/1677
School Children with Hookworm Disease: http://rockefeller100.org/items/show/1736
County Dispensary: http://www.rockefeller100.org/items/show/1676
Unhooking the Hookworm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqBoT_DyOsI

Hookworm - Necator americanus (New World hookworm)
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Hookworm filariform larva. Nematode, worm, parasite.
CDC/Dr. Mae Melvin

Hookworm egg undergoing the process of cellular division
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Newspaper Article
Herald Democrat. October 29, 1909

Historic diagram showing unsanitary placement of a farm house privy
CDC/Minnesota Department of Health, R. N. Barr Library; Librarians Melissa Rethlefsen and Marie Jones

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