The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria Paperback – 8 Nov 2002
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"[An] entertaining but sobering book...full of vivid detail" Financial Times "A serious book about a deadly diease" The Spectator "A stunning history of the hunt for a cure for malaria" Beryl Bainbridge, Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph
In the last 15 years Malaria has killed 60 times more people than AIDS. There still is no vaccine. The Fever Trail is a fascinating boat trip through the history of Malaria and those that have sought to cure it. It is a story of courage; of political machinations and personal bravery, of the New World against the Old. From the jungles of Peru to the high-tech labs in the USA, Mark Honigsbaum reveals the characters and events that, up until now, have been little more than footnotes in history. The Fever Trail starts with the hunt for the Cinchono tree, the tree that yielded the cure for Malaria, quinine. Markham, Ledger and Spruce, the trio of explorers given the task of transporting the tree to the colonies, gave most of their lives so that the world could be free of intermittent fevers.They never though that the disease would mutate.The modern pioneers no longer search out forests, or spend months on dangerous rivers. Instead they battle on in laboratories and facilities desperate to find what has eluded mankind for centuries. A cure. "[An] entertaining but sobering book...full of vivid detail" Financial Times "A serious book about a deadly diease" The Spectator "A stunning history of the hunt for a cure for malaria" Beryl Bainbridge, Books of the Year, Sunday TelegraphSee all Product Description
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If you have even the faintest interest in the History of Medicine, South American History etc. then I heartily recommend this book. The fact that Honigsbaum has breathed life and coherence to a complicated history is testament to his skill.
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This book gives a fantastic insight into the lives of the heroes who devoted their life to searching for a cure for Malaria. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2008 by Rosie Benson
An detailed excellent book if you are really interested in how people managed to treat/cure Malaria back in the 18th and 19th century and before - and want to know how hard it was... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2006 by R. C. Morris
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