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

By: Randall M Packard

296 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Nov 2011 | #191639 | ISBN-13: 9781421403960
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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? Authoritative, fascinating, and eye-opening, this short history of malaria traces the natural and social forces that help the disease spread and make it deadly.

This is an interesting read--a short, well-written, and exceptionally well-documented history and commentary on the possible control--and, hopefully, eradication--of one of the world's major diseases.

"A vigorously argued and accessibly narrated ecological history of malaria, a contribution as much to social medicine and studies in the political economy of disease as to medical history."
- Isis

"This is a remarkable book that will be of great interest to any historian working on the history of disease and to those historians who deal with the difficult question of how to write sound and clear general histories."
- Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"An excellent and well-balanced book that will be of interest to a wide audience. It should be required reading for all those contemplating a second malaria eradication campaign."
- Nature Medicine

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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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