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Friday, December 22, 2006

Andrew Spielman, 76, expert on insect-borne diseases

NEEDHAM

Despite his ability to see beauty in the insects that so many find revolting, Dr. Andrew Spielman admitted to being annoyed by mosquitoes.

Dr. Spielman, formerly of Watertown and Newton and most recently of Needham, died Wednesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital after a short illness, the Globe reports in an obituary today. He was 76.

Dr. Spielman was a leading authority on diseases that insects carry from person to person, and his research brought him to some of the most remote places on the planet.

"He had a singularly holistic view of the balance between man and mosquitoes and between the biology and ecology of both," Barry R. Bloom, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, where Dr. Spielman was a professor, said in a statement.

-- Adam Sell

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