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The Miraculous Fever-tree.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Miraculous Fever-Tree: Malaria, Medicine and the Cure That Changed the World (Paperback)I bought this book last week to give as a birthday present; usually I hold back and borrow a gift book back it has been given. However, I started reading this on the bus on the way home, and found it so fascinating that I just had to finish reading it before it was time to send it on. Ranging from Italy and papal elections through a Napoleonic battle, a failed attempt at building the Panama Canal and the colonisation of America, there are so many interesting and unusual stories that I will be buying another copy of the book to keep. There were a good number of black & white photgraphic illustrations, although for me they didn't add a whole lot to the text. The only problem I found was that the author tended to move back and forward a lot in time, so we might read of something happening in Peru, and then suddenly we have jumped ahead or back by as much as fifty years in time. Apart from that, it was a very informative and enjoyable book, full of memorable anecdotes and easy to read; not at all a bitter dose like the early medicines! It's given a personal dimension by the fact that the author's family lived in Africa for 3 generations, so she has personal experience of the real impact of malaria, and quinine in its treatment.
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