Publications from the Australian Institute for Tropical Medicine: 1903-1930

The Australian Institute for Tropical Medicine (AITM) was Australia's first medical research institute. It was established in Townsville just before Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

The AITM made a significant contribution to understanding how Europeans could live in and adapt to tropical Australia. The Institute's first director was Dr Anton Breinl, who came to Townsville from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Anton Breinl's legacy is described in the presentation by Rick Speare about Anton Breinl and his centres.

This is a list of papers published by staff and associates of the AITM from it's commencement in 1910 to its closure in 1930. The list is arranged alphabetically by author. This list is followed by:

  • a small list of papers published by Anton Breinl prior to his commencing work in Townsville at the AITM
  • a series of papers by Bob Douglas, a Townsville physician, on the history of Anton Breinl and the AITM.

If you are aware of publications not listed here, please contact me at rickspeare@tropicalhealthsolutions.com.


  • List of AITM publications
  • List of Anton Breinl's pre-AITM publications
  • Bob Douglas's history of Anton Breinl and AITM

    Anonymous. The Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine. British Medical Journal 1910;1(2568):715-716.

    Baldwin AH, Heydon GM. X disease in Townsville. Medical Journal of Australia 1925;?:394-396. [Missing page 395]

    Baldwin AH. The first course for the Australian diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene. Health 1926;May:163-165.

    Baldwin AH. Hookworm and Filariasis in Australia. Health 1927;January:4-11.

    Baldwin AH, Heydon GM, Broben JA. Amoebic dysentery acquired in North Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia1927;March:374-375.

    Bennetts HW. Notes of six common species of Fleas in Australia. Health 1923;?:52-53.

    Boyce R, Breinl A. Atoxyl and trypanosomiasis. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1908;11:1-33.

    Breinl A. The distribution and spread of diseases in the East. The Journal of Tropical medicine and Hygiene 1915;18:173-178.

    Breinl A. Gangrosa in New Guinea and its etiology. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1915;IX:213-226

    Breinl A. Clinical, pathological and experimental observations on the 'Mysterious Disease', a clinically aberrant form of acute poliomyelitis. Medical Journal of Australia 1918;1:209-213.

    Breinl A, Priestly H. Changes in the neutrophile blood picture of Arneth observed in children living in tropical North Queensland. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1914;8:565-574.

    Breinl A, Priestly H. Notes on 'Boomerang Leg', A bone disease occurring amongst Australian Aboriginals. The Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1915;18:217-220.

    Breinl A, Priestly H. Differential counts and the neutrophile blood picture of natives, adults and children, of New Guinea. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1915;9:495-505.

    Breinl A, Priestley H. Note on the 'Arneth Count' in healthy Aboriginal children of Northern Australia. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1916;10:427-230.

    Breinl A, Priestly H. Notes on a case of antimony poisoning. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1918;21:38-39.

    Breinl A, Priestly H, Fielding JW. On the occurrence and pathology of endemic glandular fever, a specific fever, occurring in the Mossman District of North Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia 1914;1:391-395.

    Breinl A, Priestly H, Fielding JW. On the occurrence and pathology of endemic glandular fever, a specific fever, occurring in the Mossman district of North Queensland. the Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1915;18:30-33.

    Breinl A, Young WJ. The occurrence of lead poisoning amongst north Queensland children. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1914;VIII:575-598.

    Breinl A, Young WJ. Tropical Australia and it's settlement. Medical Journal of Australia 1919;1:353-361.

    Breinl A, Young WJ. Tropical Australia and it's settlement. Medical Journal of Australia 1919;1:395-403.

    Breinl A, Young WJ. Tropical Australia and it's settlement. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1920;13:351-412.

    Brent LP. Notes on Trypanosoma lewisi and its occurrence in rats from ships. Health 1927;September:141-143.

    Cilento RW. Possibilities in the transmission of Onchocerca gibsoni. Health 1923;June:178-179.

    Cilento RW. The investigation and control of hookworm disease at the State Orphanage, Townsville, North Queensland. 1923:1-16. [Typewritten report or MS. Page 15 is missing.]

    Cilento RW. Random observations on mite infestations of man. Medical Journal of Australia 1923;May:552-554.

    Cilento RW. The depopulation of the Pacific. Pan Pacific Science Congress Melbourne and Sydney August 1923:1395-1399.

    Cilento RW. A case of proctitis with unusual features. Medical Journal of Australia 1923;October:360-361.

    Cilento RW. Report. 1923.
    [This is a typewritten report that is probably an annual report. It is headed "Malaria in Australia" and presents data collected during the hookworm campaign on prevalence of malaria and filariasis in Queensland. It also includes a manuscript by Heydon on malaria at Rabaul.]

    Cilento RW. Food deficiencies in the Territory of New Guinea. Medical Journal of Australia 1926;September:309-313.

    Cilento RW. Observations of the white working population of tropical Queensland. Health 1926;January:5-14.

    Cilento RW. Diet and nutrition in Northern Melanesia. Medical Journal of Australia 1927;September:150-153. [Missing page 152]

    Cilento RW. Larva migrans (myiasis linearis) occurring in the Territory of New Guinea. Medical Journal of Australia 1927;October:614-615.

    Cilento RW. Rat bite fever in New Guinea. Medical Journal of Australia 1927;August:191-193. [Missing page 192]

    Cilento RW. Trematode infestations in Northern Melanesia. Medical Journal Australia 1927;November:400-403.

    Cilento RW, Backhouse TC. Paragonimiasis: it's first recorded occurrence in the Territory of New Guinea. Medical Journal of Australia 1927;January:79.

    Cilento RW, O'Neill VF. An unusual case of filariasis with post-operative tetanus. Medical Journal of Australia 1924;May:462-465.

    Cook C. Leprosy problems. Medical Journal of Australia 1926;December:801-803.

    Cooling LE. Report on mosquito survey of the Brisbane metropolitan area. 1923;May. [Typewritten report to Dept of Health, Australia.]

    Cooling LE. Mosquito-larvivorous fishes in relation to mosquito reduction work in Australia. Health 1923;April:94-99.

    Cooling LE. On the protracted viability of eggs of Aedes aegypti and Aedes notoscriptus in a 'desiccated' condition in a state of nature. Health 1924;March:51-52.

    Cooling LE. Mosquito survey of Townsville. Health 1924;?:165-172.

    Cooling LE. Australian fish as mosquito larvae destroyers. Health 1927;January:11-12.

    Elkington JSC. The 'Mestizos' of Kisar, Dutch East Indies. Medical Journal of Australia 1922;January:32-34.

    Ferguson EW, Hill GF. Notes on Australian Tabanidae. The Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1920;45:560-467.

    Fielding JW. Notes on the bionomics of Stegomyia fasciata Fabr. (part 1). Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1919;1:259-296.

    Fielding JW. Further observations on the life history of the eye worm of poultry. Australian Journal of Experimental and Biology and Medical Science 1927;4:273-281.

    Fielding JW. Additional observations on the development of the eye worm of poultry. Australian Journal of Experimental and Biology and Medical Science 1926;5:1-8.

    Fielding JW. Observations on eye worms of birds. Queensland Agriculture Journal 1928;30:37-41.

    George WE. Notes on a case of striae atrophicae. Medical Journal of Australia 1926;June:674-676.

    Heydon GA. Malaria at Rabaul. Medical Journal of Australia 1923;December:625-633.

    Heydon GM. Tuberculosis in natives of the Territory of New Guinea. Supplement to the Medical Journal of Australia 1924;May:277-279 [missing page 278]

    Heydon GM. Notes on the treatment of the intestinal parasitic worms which may be met with in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia 1926;July:39-44.

    Heydon GM. The effect of light and of drying on infective hookworm larvae. Medical Journal of Australia 1927;October:611-614.

    Heydon GM. The influence in hookworm infection of the species of worm and of the race of man and the characters of the larvae as a means of determining the species distribution. Supplement to the Medical Journal of Australia 1927;September:206-207.

    Heydon GM. Paragonimus ringeri in a New Guinea Native. Supplement to the Medical Journal of Australia 1927;September:204-205

    Hill GF. Some notes on the bionomics of the Buffalo Fly (Lyperosia exigua de Meijere). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1916;41:763-768.

    Hill GF. Australian Stratiomyidae (Diptera), with description of new species. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1919;44:450-457.

    Hill GF. Musca domestica, Linn., as a 'Bush Fly' in Australia. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1921;15:93-94.

    Hill GF. Notes on some unusual breeding places of Stegomyia fasiata, Fabr., in Australia. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1921;15:91-93.

    Hill GF. The bionomics of Tabanus aprepes, and other Australian Tabanidae. Bulletin of Entomological Research ?;12:41-64.

    Johnson SJ. On some Queensland trematodes, with anatomical observations and descriptions of new species and genera. Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science 1914;59:361-400.

    Lee DHK. Blood groups of North Queensland Aborigines, with a statistical collection of some published figures for various races. Medical Journal of Australia 1926;September:401-410.

    Lilley AB. An unusual strain of Eberthella typhi (Bacillus typhosus), isolated at Townsville, North Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia 1929;May:666-667.

    Maplestone PA. Human intestinal protozoa in North Queensland. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1920;14:283-293.

    Maplestone PA. A Note on Hymenolepis nana in North Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia 1920;October:394-395.

    Mathew RY. The Staphylococcus aureus as the probable cause of a fatal disease simulating laryngeal diphtheria. Medical Journal of Australia 1930;January 11: 34-36.

    McIntosh RD. Notes on cases of filariasis in North Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia 1925;August:165-169.

    Nicoll W. On the migration of the larvae of Onchocerca gibsoni through the capsule of the worm nodule. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1914;8:609-621.

    Nicoll W. Worm parasites in tropical Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia 1914;September:244-245.

    Priestly H. Rat leprosy in North Queensland. Australian Medical Gazette 1913;34:405-406.

    Priestly H. Microsporon scorteum (n. sp.) from a case of ringworm in man. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1914;8:113-119.

    Priestly H. Theileria tachyglossi (n.sp.) a blood parasite of Tachyglossus aculeatus. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1915;9:233-239.

    Priestly H. Ringworm and allied parasitic skin diseases in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia 1917;December:271-275.

    Rodger D, Priestly H. Trachoma and allied eye affections in Western Queensland. Medical Journal of Australia 1915;July:25-29. [Missing pages 26,27]

    Stephens JWW. Some statistics of filariasis. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1920;14:341-354.

    Sunderstroem ES. Contributions to tropical physiology with special reference to the white man to the climate of North Queensland. University of California Publications in Physiology 1926;6:1-215.

    Taylor FH. A Revision of the Culicidae in the Macleay Museum, Sydney. The Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1913;38:747-760.

    Taylor FH. Contributions to a knowledge of Australian Culicidae no 1. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1914;39:454-468.

    Taylor FH, Young WJ. The coastal climate of tropical Queensland, meteorological observations taken at Townsville. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1914;17:225-227.

    Taylor FH. Culicidae from Papua. Transactions of the Entomologial Society of London 1914;March:185-205.

    Taylor FH. Contributions to a knowledge of Australian Culicidae no 2. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1915;40:176-184.

    Taylor FH. Australian Tabanidae no 1. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1915;40:806-815.

    Taylor FH. Contributions to a knowledge of Australian Culicidae no 3. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales1916;41:564-574.

    Taylor FH. Australian Tabanidae (Diptera) no 2. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1916;41:746-762.

    Taylor FH. Australian Tabanidae (Diptera) no 3. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1917;42:513-528.

    Taylor FH. Malaria mosquito survey of irrigation areas in the Murray River District. Quarantine Service. Service Publication No. 12 1917;January:56pp.

    Taylor FH. Contributions to a knowledge of Australian Culicidae no 4. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1918;43:826-837.

    Taylor FH. Australian Tabanidae (Diptera) no 4. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1919;44:41-71.

    Taylor FH. Studies in phlebotomic Diptera, no 1, new species of Simulidae and Chironomidae. The Australian Zoologist 1920;1:167-170.

    Taylor FH. Studies in Australian Tabanidae. Records of the Australian Museum 1921;12:53-70.

    Taylor FH. Notes on the life history and habits of some Australian mosquitoes. Health 1928;January:1-5.

    Taylor FH. The Anopheles of the Australian Region, their bionomics and their distribution. ?;?:143-165.

    Taylor FH. Two new species of Australian Culicidae (Diptera). Bulletin of Entomological Research ?;18(1):67-73.

    Taylor FH. A blood sucking species of Pericoma in Queensland (Dipt.). Bulletin of Entomological Research ?;6(3):267-268.

    Taylor FH. Report of mosquito survey of the Queensland coastal towns, Part 1-Part 2. ?;?:57-91.

    Taylor FH. History of malaria in Australia. Manuscript from about mid-1920s.

    Wheatland FT. Some notes on unclassified fevers occurring in the North Queensland Coastal Regions. Supplement to the Medical Journal of Australia 1924;May:322-325.

    Young WJ. A note on the black pigment in the skin of an Australian black. Biochemical Journal 1914;8:460-462.

    Young WJ. A study of the nitrogenous metabolism in chyluria. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1914;17:241-244.

    Young WJ. The metabolism of white races Living in the tropics 1 - The protein metabolism. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1914;9:91-108.

    Young WJ. Observations upon the body temperature of Europeans living in the tropics. Journal of Physiology 1915;May:222-232.

    Young WJ. The fixation of Salvarsan and NeoSalvarsan by the blood after intravenous injection. Biochemical Journal 1915;9:478-484.

    Young WJ. Studies in the antitryptic action of blood serum. Biochemical Journal 1918;8:499-515.

    Young WJ. The metabolism of white races living in the tropics 2 - The composition of the urine. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1919;12(1):215-232.

    Young WJ. The metabolism of white races living in the tropics 3 - The influence of external temperature and rate of cooling upon the respiratory metabolism. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1920;13:313-337.

    Young WJ, Breinl A, Harris JJ, Osborne WA. Effect of exercise and humid heat upon pulse rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and blood concentration. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 1920;91:111-126.

    Young WJ. The extraction of melanin from skin with dilute alkali. Biochemical Journal 1921;15:118-122.


    Anton Breinl

    Breinl's publications pre-AITM

    Anton Breinl came to the AITM from the Runcorn Laboratory at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Some of his publications from this period are listed below.

    Breinl A. Ueber einen Fall von in die Bauchhohle hinausgewachsenem Sarcom des Wirbelcanals bei einem sechsmonatlichen Foetus. Prager Medicinische Wochenschrift 1903;28:543-545.

    Breinl A. Ueber einen fall con pseudoleukaemia Intesinalis mit durch kapselbazillen bedingter peritonitis. Prager Medicinische Wochenschrift 1904;29:354-355.

    Breinl A. Pathological report on the history of sleeping sickness and trypanosomiasis, with a comparison of the changes found in animals infected with T. gambiense and other trypanosomata. ? 1905;?:233-236.

    Breinl A, Kinghorn A. Observations on the animal reactions of the spirochaeta of the African Tick Fever. The Lancet 1906;March:668-669.

    Breinl A, Kinghorn A. An experimental study of the parasite of the African Tick Fever. Memoir XXI of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 1906;21:1-52.

    Breinl A. On the morphology and life history of Spirochaeta duttoni. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1907;1:435-439.

    Breinl A, Hindle E. Contributions to the morphology and life history of Piroplasma canis. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1908;11:233-249.

    Breinl A, Hindle E. A new Porocephalus (Porocephalus cercopitheci n. sp.). Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1908;11:321-323.

    Breinl A, Nierenstein M. Zum mechanismis der Atoxylwirkung. ? 1909;5:620-233.

    Breinl A, Nierenstein M. The action of aryl-stibinic acids in experimental trypanomiasis. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1909;11:365-381.

    Breinl A. Experiments on the combined Atoxyl-mercury treatment in monkeys infected with Trypanosoma gambiense. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1909;11:345-351.

    Breinl A, Nierenstein M. Weitere Beobachtungen uber Atoxylfestigkeit der Trypanosomen. Deutshe Medizinische Wochenschrift ?;July:1181-1182.

    Breinl A, Kinghorn A, Todd JL. Attempts to transmit spirochaetes by the bites of Cimex lectularius TARGET=_BLANK. Centralblatt fur Bakteriologie, Parasitenkunde und Infektionskrankheiten ?;42:537. [missing pages]

    Breinl A, Todd JL. Atoxyl in the treatment of trypanosomiasis. British Medical Journal 1907;?:132-134.

    Salvin-Moore JE, Breinl A. The cytology of the Trypanosomes part 1. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1907;1:241-281.

    Salvin-Moore JE, Breinl A. The life history of Trypanosoma equiperdum. ? 1908;?:288-298.

    Salvin Moore JE, Breinl A, Hindle E. The life history of Trypanosoma lewisi. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 1908;2:197-221.


    Bob Douglas

    Douglas's papers on Anton Breinl and the AITM

    Bob Douglas was a general physician who worked in Townsville for many years in the latter half of the 20th century. He was an impressive diagnostician and very knowledgeable about diseases in tropical Australia. In 1977 he published a series of papers on the history of the AITM.

    Douglas RA. Dr Anton Breinl and the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine. Part 1. Medical Journal of Australia 1977;1:713-716.

    Douglas RA. Dr Anton Breinl and the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine. Part 2. Medical Journal of Australia 1977;1:748-751.

    Douglas RA. Dr Anton Breinl and the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine. Part 3. Medical Journal of Australia 1977;1:784-790.

    Page by Rick Speare - 27 July 2012

    The Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine building about 1995 when it was the home of the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University.

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