Diseases in History

Diseases in History


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Caused by a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes, malaria has tormented humanity for eons. Historical records describe people affected by malaria's symptoms in the Roman empire, and many historians believe the disease struck Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan. Many methods were tried to stave off malaria-some logical, such as moving away from mosquito-ridden swamplands, some mystical, such as making offerings to the Roman god of fevers Febris. One of the first true advances was the discovery that the bark of the South American Cinchona tree cured some symptoms. Later, researchers used chemicals such as DDT to eliminate mosquito populations, wiping out the disease at its source. Malaria was a tricky disease, and it quickly adapted defenses to whatever methods people used to fight it. As such, malaria still infects millions of people today. It remains especially devastating in poor countries, where a lack of resources makes the disease especially tough to fight. Despite new advances and medicines, malaria remains a global problem. Book jacket.
Publisher: Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub, c2009
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 159935103X
Call Number: TEEN 614.532 CUNNINGHAM
Alternative Title: Malaria


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