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Books, Journals, New Media
February 5, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(5):619. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.619-a

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 presented.

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