The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jul 6, 2010 - Science - 320 pages
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In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause célèbre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names—and opened their pocketbooks—in hopes of curing the disease. Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, why aren’t we doing more to eradicate one of our oldest foes? And how does a parasitic disease that we’ve known how to prevent for more than a century still infect 500 million people every year, killing nearly 1 million of them?

In The Fever, the journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer these questions, delivering a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives. Through the centuries, she finds, we’ve invested our hopes in a panoply of drugs and technologies, and invariably those hopes have been dashed. From the settling of the New World to the construction of the Panama Canal, through wars and the advances of the Industrial Revolution, Shah tracks malaria’s jagged ascent and the tragedies in its wake, revealing a parasite every bit as persistent as the insects that carry it. With distinguished prose and original reporting from Panama, Malawi, Cameroon, India, and elsewhere, The Fever captures the curiously fascinating, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity.


  

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Review: The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

User Review  - Paul Brannan - Goodreads

You know you're into something special when you open a book randomly and find something compelling on every page. Sonia Shah performs a great balancing act in delivering the complexities of malarial ... Read full review

Review: The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

I like this book less than I thought I would. It is exceptionally well-researched, and I think it does a better job than the Yellow Fever one weaving an interesting narrative, it's nowhere as ... Read full review

Contents

1 MALARIA AT OUR DOORSTEP
3
2 BIRTH OF A KILLER
11
3 SWEPT IN MALARIAS CURRENT
34
4 MALARIAL ECOLOGIES
59
5 PHARMACOLOGICAL FAILURE
86
6 THE KARMA OF MALARIA
121
7 SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS
141
HOW MALARIA VANISHED FROM THE WEST
170
9 THE SPRAYGUN WAR
193
10 THE SECRET IN THE MOSQUITO
219
NOTES
243
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
293
INDEX
295
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About the author (2010)

Sonia Shah is an investigative journalist and the critically acclaimed author of The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients and Crude: The Story of Oil. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New Scientist, The Nation, and elsewhere.

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