Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
This beautifully crafted and fascinating book describes the quest for
the treatment of malaria, with the history of malaria interwoven.
The Countess of Chinchon myth begins the history of "the bark" from
the South American Calisaya tree. The 17th- and 18th-century
stories of the slow development of understanding the use of quina-quina/chinchona/quinine,
of the increasing need for management of malaria as colonial empires expanded,
of the exploitation of South American forests, and of how the synthesis of
quinine in 1820 set the scene for the search for the right bark are clearly
Joy RJT. MalariaMalaria. JAMA. 2003;289(5):619. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.619-a