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Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Man: A History of the Hostilities Since 1880 Hardcover – 1978

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525160256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525160250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,286,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Chalem on September 6, 2012
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I love these types of books that provide a history of a specific disease. In this case, the disease is malaria, meaning "bad air." Yes, that's what the folks in India and Africa would refer to it as. Who could or would believe that a one-celled creature with a terribly complex life-cycle is responsible for hundreds of millions of deaths worldwide? This story of malaria is elegantly and gently told by Gordon Harrison, and answers questions along the way of what was really going on, who was trying to figure it out, and much, much more.

Like many challenges in science and life in general, what one perceives to be the problem is rarely the way it turns out to be. Just a couple of minor roadblocks that would prove to be huge include (1) that these tiny complex creatures--apicomplexa--only parasitize one genus of mosquito; so right there, that narrows down the guilty parties. And (2) even within that genus, it is only the female of those flying vectors that takes the blood of vertebrates, allowing the "malaria" to access their primary host via the mosquito's saliva. Quite a fascinating "disease" when you think about it. There's no escaping the fact that we are part of the hostilities known as nature. Highly recommended... - lc
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2007
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This is an excellent book on the history of a terrible disease. It is clear, accurate and very well written. The book is relatively old, so it does not include almost any information on the attempts (unsuccessful so far) to develop a vaccine, but if you are looking for a readable and accurate book to be introduced to the history of the fight against malaria and of the men who mostly contributed to it, I don't think there is a better choice. Desovitz has a more recent book (The malaria capers) which belongs to the same category, but his style is condescending and he tries to be funny without any real sense of humor. Also, while Desovitz intoduces sometimes technical concepts without really giving enough information to the non-expect reader to appreciate the content, Harrison reaches a great balance between scientific accuracy and readibility. Finally, you can buy an excellent used copy of this book for a pittance. Highly recommended!
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A great historical account of the history of Malaria research. It brings alive the accounts of the scientists that made the initial groundbreaking discoveries. It's a classic and can be hard to find - so happy I found it here and for a wonderful price.
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