The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years / Edition 1

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years / Edition 1

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by Sonia Shah
     
 

In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause celebre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names—and opened their pocketbooks—in hopes of curing the disease. Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, why arent we doing more to eradicate one of

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In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause celebre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names—and opened their pocketbooks—in hopes of curing the disease. Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, why arent we doing more to eradicate one of our oldest foes? And how does a parasitic disease that weve known how to prevent for more than a century still infect 500 million people every year, killing nearly 1 million of them? In "The Fever," the journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer these questions, delivering a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives. Through the centuries, she finds, weve invested our hopes in a panoply of drugs and technologies, and invariably those hopes have been dashed. From the settling of the New World to the construction of the Panama Canal, through wars and the advances of the Industrial Revolution, Shah tracks malarias jagged ascent and the tragedies in its wake, revealing a parasite every bit as persistent as the insects that carry it. With distinguished prose and original reporting from Panama, Malawi, Cameroon, India, and elsewhere, "The Fever" captures the curiously fascinating, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity. Sonia Shah is an investigative journalist and the critically acclaimed author of "The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the Worlds Poorest Patients "and "Crude: The Story of Oil." Her writing has appeared in "The Washington Post," "The Boston Globe," "New Scientist," "The Nation," and elsewhere.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374230012
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Sonia Shah is an investigative journalist and the critically acclaimed author of The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients and Crude: The Story of Oil. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New Scientist, The Nation, and elsewhere.

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