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The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa: Immunities, Infections and Interventions

First history of the efforts to control malaria in tropical Africa
Pioneering contribution to the field of historical epidemiology
Compares the contemporary malaria eradication campaign with the first malaria eradication campaign in the mid-twentieth century

By: James LA Webb (Author)

237 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 6 maps, 1 table

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | May 2014 | #221666 | ISBN-13: 9781107052574
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The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa investigates the changing entomological, parasitological and medical understandings of vectors, parasites and malarial disease that have shaped the programs of malaria control and altered the transmission of malarial infections. It examines the history of malaria control and eradication in the contexts of racial thought, population movements, demographic growth, economic change, urbanization, warfare and politics. It will be useful for students of medicine and public health, for those who are involved with malaria research studies, and for those who work on the contemporary malaria control and elimination campaigns in tropical Africa.


1. European vulnerability
2. African immunity
3. An aborted campaign for eradication
4. Positive turbulence
5. Silent resurgence
6. The campaign for 'elimination'
7. Perspectives

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James L. A. Webb, Jr is Professor of History at Colby College where he teaches African health history and global health history. He is the recipient of an NIH/NLM Grant for Scholarly Writing in Biomedicine and Health. His books include Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control (2013), edited with T. Giles-Vernick, and Humanity's Burden: A Global History of Malaria (2009). His articles have appeared in The Lancet, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Journal of African History, the Journal of World History, and Environmental History.

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