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The history of the world has been greatly modified by the diseases that afflict mankind. In the history probably no other disease has had such far reaching influence as has been assigned to malaria. The purpose of this volume is to explain the great fall of the Roman Empire by the development of malaria, and to show the necessity for a continued campaign against this disease in Italy. Year by year the story of Rome is told and century by century the influence of malaria on the political and social state of Italy is revealed. Some four hundred literary references have been consulted and, like all good historical works, the essay is thoroughly documented. In his introduction, Professor Sigerist contrasts the garden that surrounds Paris and the meadows that surround London with the marshes that surround Rome. Only modern scientific knowledge has prevented the complete death of Italy, as it
Die Malaria in ihrer Bedeutung für die Geschichte Roms und der römischen Campagna. Eine kulturhistorische Studie.. JAMA. 1929;93(7):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710070066033