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Malaria

Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States

Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D.

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This is the story of a war against a disease that we can never win but must continue to fight.

In Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States, Margaret Humphreys presents the first book-length account of the parasitic, insect-borne disease that has infected millions and influenced settlement patterns, economic development, and the quality of life at every level of American society, especially in the south.

Humphreys approaches malaria from three perspectives: the parasite's biological history, the medical response to it, and the patient's experience of the disease. It…

This is the story of a war against a disease that we can never win but must continue to fight.

In Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States, Margaret Humphreys presents the first book-length account of the parasitic, insect-borne disease that has infected millions and influenced settlement patterns, economic development, and the quality of life at every level of American society, especially in the south.

Humphreys approaches malaria from three perspectives: the parasite's biological history, the medical response to it, and the patient's experience of the disease. It addresses numerous questions including how the parasite thrives and eventually becomes vulnerable, how professionals came to know about the parasite and learned how to fight them, and how people view the disease and came to the point where they could understand and support the struggle against it.

In addition Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States argues that malaria control was central to the evolution of local and federal intervention in public health, and demonstrates the complex interaction between poverty, race, and geography in determining the fate of malaria.

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This is a fresh (and plausible) explanation for the disappearance of another southern germ of laziness, and it is presented in a study that does a fine job of packaging its findings within a richly documented historical context.

Margaret Humphrey's monograph on malaria in America has a strong storyline and a well-articulated thesis. It combines modern knowledge of malaria transmission and the genetic basis of resistance with a sound appreciation of the social, geographical and cultural nuances of the disease in American history.

A fascinating story of the spread of malaria through the USA following its introduction in the 17th century, through its greatest geographical coverage in the 19th century.

The main purpose of this book is to carry out an in-depth dialogue on the mystery of malaria and its existence in some parts of the world and disappearance in another based on the historical facts... The insight that [this] history provides has enormous value for global health.

[Malaria] is a masterpiece and is recommended reading for anyone involved in or interested in health care.

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9
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208
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9780801866371
Illustration Description
9 halftones, 1 line drawing
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Pestilence That Stalks in Darkness
Chapter 2. The Mist Rises: Malaria in the Nineteenth Century
Chapter 3. Race, Poverty, and Place
Chapter 4. Making Malaria

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Pestilence That Stalks in Darkness
Chapter 2. The Mist Rises: Malaria in the Nineteenth Century
Chapter 3. Race, Poverty, and Place
Chapter 4. Making Malaria Control Profitable
Chapter 5. "A Ditch in Time Saves Quinine?"
Chapter 6. Popular Perceptions of Health, Disease, and Malaria
Chapter 7. Denouement
Notes
Notes on Sources
Index

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Margaret Humphreys

Margaret Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, a professor of history, and an associate clinical professor of medicine at Duke University. She is the author of Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States, also published by Johns Hopkins.