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Humanity's Burden: A Global History of Malaria (Studies in Environment and History) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521670128
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"No disease is more indicative of social and environmental change than malaria. Its geographical distribution and incidence have been intimately related to all fields of human endeavour, from the production of food to upheavals such as war and mass migration. James Webb's ecological history of malaria provides keen insights into this persistent affliction and into the history of humanity itself. His magisterial synthesis will be admired by historians and malariologists alike." -Mark Harrison, University of Oxford

"A lucid and stimulating account of how malaria has become the extraordinarily complex disease that it is today. The reader learns of the multitude of factors that have contributed to malaria's diversity and spread - physical ecology, population movements, war, agricultural practices, application of prophylaxis measures, availability of drugs, et al - each with its own history. Those who wish to control malaria will learn why their measures must be tailored to each situation according to how this history has played out locally, if they wish to avoid the trap of assuming that what works in one place will work elsewhere." -Socrates Litsios, Sc D, Retired WHO Senior Scientist, Author of The Tomorrow of Malaria

"Humanity's Burden is a remarkable effort; superbly researched, elegantly expressed, and possessed of an unstinting clarity of purpose." -Talha Burk, The Lancet Infectious Disease

"Recommended." -Choice

"...a very interesting book and a valuable contribution to the literature of world history." -Wilfre Bisson, World History Connected

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Humanity's Burden provides a panoramic overview of the history of malaria. It traces the long arc of malaria out of tropical Africa into Eurasia, its transfer to the Americas during the early years of the Columbian exchange, and its retraction from the middle latitudes into the tropics since the late nineteenth century.
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Environment and History
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521670128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521670128
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This exhaustive, comprehensive history of malaria was a wonderful read. I highly recommend this book.
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