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March 1950

Malaria—The Biography of a Killer.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(3):543-544. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230090180014

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The hobby reading of a cardiologist, together with the interest of a publisher patient, resulted in the publication in November 1949 of an entertaining book on the story of malaria. It is regrettable that such an excellent work not only fails to state the present situation of malaria in the United States but, by quoting old and unreliable statistics, suggests an incidence of millions instead of hundreds of cases today. This misconception has already been further propagated by the lay press.

Aside from the inaccuracy in the chapter on distribution just mentioned, the book carries a story of the workers in malaria and of the searches for new and better sources of quinine in a sound, yet dramatic manner. Many little-known historical facts are faithfully recorded. The following comments are noteworthy: 1. It would seem reasonable for a writer of such training to have separated more clearly Plasmodium falciparum infections

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