The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962

The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962

by Frank Snowden
ISBN-10:
0300108990
ISBN-13:
9780300108996
Pub. Date:
01/24/2006
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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Overview

The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962

At the outset of the twentieth century, malaria was Italy’s major public health problem. It was the cause of low productivity, poverty, and economic backwardness, while it also stunted literacy, limited political participation, and undermined the army. In this book Frank Snowden recounts how Italy became the world center for the development of malariology as a medical discipline and launched the first national campaign to eradicate the disease.

Snowden traces the early advances, the setbacks of world wars and Fascist dictatorship, and the final victory against malaria after World War II. He shows how the medical and teaching professions helped educate people in their own self-defense and in the process expanded trade unionism, women’s consciousness, and civil liberties. He also discusses the antimalarial effort under Mussolini’s regime and reveals the shocking details of the German army’s intentional release of malaria among Italian civilians—the first and only known example of bioterror in twentieth-century Europe. Comprehensive and enlightening, this history offers important lessons for today’s global malaria emergency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300108996
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/24/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................vii
Introduction....................1
1. Malaria: The "Italian National Disease"....................7
2. From Miasma to Mosquito: The Rome School of Malariology....................27
3. A Nation Mobilizes....................53
4. From Quinine to Women's Rights: Hopes, Illusions, and Victories....................87
5. The First World War and Epidemic Disease....................115
6. Fascism, Racism, and Littoria....................142
7. Creating Disaster: Nazism and Bioterror in the Pontine Marshes....................181
8. Fighting Disaster: DDT and Old Weapons....................198
Conclusion....................213
Notes....................225
Glossary....................269
Select Bibliography....................271
Index....................287

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