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February 25, 1956

Man's Mastery of Malaria

JAMA. 1956;160(8):725. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430115035

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This volume is written in narrative style with a minimum of technical terms. It should be of interest to the specialist, medical historian, and anyone who has broad interests in biology and medicine. It was not intended to encompass the entire history of malaria but was written in retrospect, based largely on the author's experiences with various facets of the disease. Interesting vignettes of persons and many side-lights on the development of philosophical ideas and scientific concepts are presented. Personal experiences and discussions with those who have played a leading role in the story are told by the author. This spotlighting of persons and ideas against a more diffuse philosophical and historical background helps the reader to share the scientific experience of discovery. It also leads to a certain unevenness in the story. For example, in the history of malaria therapy, the earlier periods are discussed with more warmth and

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