- Series: Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (September 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142140396X
- ISBN-13: 978-1421403960
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease) 1st Edition
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What Randall M. Packard does masterfully in his book on malaria is to integrate the biological complexity of the disease into its historical, social and economic context, even if he stops short of drawing all the obvious conclusions from the data he so ably presents.(G. Dunkel Workers World)
Useful in collections that support tropical medicine, public health, and the history of medicine.(Choice)
A fine book... This short book carries through its thoughtful approach with admirable power and consistency.(Bill Bynum Lancet)
This is an excellent and well-balanced book that will be of interest to a wide audience.(Brian Greenwood Nature Medicine)
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.(Markley H. Boyer, MD, DPhil, MPH JAMA)
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.(Marcos Cueto Bulletin of the History of Medicine)
Packard's is a terrific book that will guide the next generation of medical and environmental historians as global challenges to health persist and expand in the wake of unintended environmental change.(James C. McCann International Journal of African Historical Studies)
The Making of a Tropical Disease is 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.(Warwick Anderson Isis)
What gives a special energy to this volume is his conviction that the history of malaria is embedded in the history of development and that the lessons of this history must be applied to contemporary development policies.(Marcia Wright Journal of Global History)
Packard’s lightness of touch allows his book to be both enjoyable and compelling, despite the frustration and heartbreak in his story.(Anne Hardy Journal of Interdisciplinary History)
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.(Brian Greenwood Nature Medicine)
The author can be congratulated for having tackled such a complex and difficult topic. His research and depth of knowledge on the topic as a historian are just amazing. He has also provided excellent references for further studies.(Walter Kipp Canadian Studies in Population)
Authoritative, fascinating, and eye-opening.(Book Bargains and Previews)
From the Back Cover
2008 Book of the Year, End Malaria Awards, Malaria Foundation International
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 parts of the globe.
This acclaimed 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."― JAMA
"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
Top Customer Reviews
This is the story of malaria. The story that I've heard.
But the actual story of Malaria is a lot more complex. Who would have, for instance, expected a history on a supposed tropical disease to begin with a study of a city in Northern Russia? The Making of a Tropical Disease does just that.
Honestly, this isn't always a fun book to read. Some books are very good about inspiration and motivation and glide along in presenting the chosen perspective. This isn't about inspiration or motivation. It is more ambitious. There are times in which it slows down and gets into details and spends a long time one what might seem a minor point. But, this negative isn't really a criticism. These seemingly minor points are in fact important, and it is the tendency to gloss over such points that undermine so many attempts to respond.
This certainly is a well written book. Randall Packard is a very good writer, and even with my above comment I must add he does a wonderful job of making personal connection. In his journey through the history of where malaria spread he does not only relate facts and figures. He tells a story, and in telling that story has written a very, very solid history.
But more than a history The Making of a Tropical Disease is also really a book on global policy. Packard does not hide this fact. He is making the point that malaria is not simply a story about random mosquitoes who live in unfortunate places.Read more ›
Malaria is a parasitic disease, spread by anopheles mosquitoes. Malaria is a tropical disease, but outbreaks can occur almost anywhere in the world. Successful parasites do not kill their hosts, which is why malaria has a relatively low mortality rate. Malaria still manages to kill one to three million humans each year, with a total infection rate of 400 to 800 million. Most of those infected suffer from recurrent fevers and chills, with the disease striking down the elderly, newborn and others with weak or compromised immune systems.
This history of malaria should serve as a cautionary tale for most of us. Malarial outbreaks can be controlled by never eliminated. When public health systems break down malaria may follow. Outbreaks in Archangel during the Russian Revolution and Civil War, and in contemporary Palm Beach County offer testimony to the opportunistic nature of this infection.
This account is sobering and informative.
The book is filled with statistical information and old maps to help the reader get into the time period. It's very well detailed in it's explanation of Malaria. The book talks about the realities.
The book is very well written, easy to read and very informative. There is a wealth of information here and it's very well laid out and contextually well thought out. Reading this book was really an educational and enlightening experience for me. There are many interesting chapters in the book but probably my favorite is the making of a vector borne disease, it talks ab out the epidemiology of Malaria and it relationships with parasites.
If your at all interested in the book you should go ahead and get it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very well researched and presented, the details are amazing and it is incredibly thorough. Read morePublished 4 days ago by TNW
Escellent and interesting book on an important subject. Came across it accidentally but after I read it I know now a lot more about malariaPublished 5 months ago by Judith
Throughout recorded history, i.e. available writings which have existed from ~3,000BC, most references to plague also state witnesses seeing 'bright lights in the sky' (i.e. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Get Serious
What can I say that hasn't been said in all the reviews already? An excellent book to get started on understanding all things malaria, for anyone wanting some baseline knowledge or... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Farida Wozniak
I enjoy reading books on diseases, and have read several – on such subjects as smallpox, polio, bubonic plague, and others. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This book made a seemingly boring subject into a really interesting read from an anthropological/ecological viewpoint. Definitely plan on reading it again!Published on May 29, 2014 by Jill Ann
I share similar views to what others have written. This is definitely an interesting read, but it is not quite what I expected. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by K. Kumar
very readable. insightful. well organized and easy to follow. needs to be read by anyone working with people in developing countries.Published on October 30, 2013 by vulture12
The author's purpose seems to be to demonstrate the connection between poverty and malaria throughout history. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by E. Schechter