The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dickcraig - LibraryThing
I really love singular issue books. This is an in-depth look at malaria and how it has managed to elude complete eradication. This parasite is very adaptable and whenever we find a cure it finds a way ... Read full review
THE FEVER: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 YearsUser Review - Kirkus
Investigative journalist Shah (The Body Hunters: How the Drug Industry Tests Its Products on the World's Poorest Patients, 2006, etc.) argues that the mosquito-borne parasite is in control and will ... Read full review