The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria

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JHU Press, Dec 18, 2007 - Medical - 296 pages
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Malaria sickens hundreds of millions of people—and kills one to three million—each year. Despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions. But malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas. How did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish in some parts of the globe?

From Russia to Bengal to Palm Beach, Randall Packard’s far-ranging narrative traces the natural and social forces that help malaria spread and make it deadly. He finds that war, land development, crumbling health systems, and globalization—coupled with climate change and changes in the distribution and flow of water—create conditions in which malaria's carrier mosquitoes thrive. The combination of these forces, Packard contends, makes the tropical regions today a perfect home for the disease.

Authoritative, fascinating, and eye-opening, this short history of malaria concludes with policy recommendations for improving control strategies and saving lives.

  

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Review: The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria

User Review  - Rama - Goodreads

Epidemiology of Malaria: Strategies for its Eradication This is an outstanding textual documentary of a tropical disease that takes the lives of about two million people every year; over 1.8 million ... Read full review

Review: The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria

User Review  - Max - Goodreads

This was disappointing. I'm not sure how many times a book can re-write variations of the sentence, "Changing social and economic conditions transformed the ecological relationship of malaria ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings
19
Malaria Moves North
36
A Southern Disease
67
Tropical Development and Malaria
84
The Making of a VectorBorne Disease
111
Malaria Dreams
150
Malaria Realities
177
Rolling Back Malaria The Future of a Tropical Disease?
217
Ecology and Policy
247
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
253
NOTES
257
INDEX
291
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Page 13 - While clearing a country makes it sickly," he writes, "cultivating a country, that is, draining swamps, destroying weeds, burning brush, and exhaling the unwholesome and superfluous moisture of the earth, by means of frequent crops of grain, grasses, and vegetables of all kinds, render it healthy

About the author (2007)

Randall M. Packard is director of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of White Plague, Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the Political Economy of Health and Disease in South Africa and coeditor of Emerging Illnesses and Society: Negotiating the Public Health Agenda, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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