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The miraculous fever-tree : malaria and the quest for a cure that changed the world

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    Malaria, now known as a disease of the tropics, badly weakened the Roman Empire. It killed thousands of British troops fighting Napoleon in 1809 and many soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. It turned back travelers exploring West Africa in the nineteenth century and brought the building of the Panama Canal to a standstill. Even today, malaria kills someone every thirty seconds. For more than one thousand years, there was no cure for it." "Using fresh research from the Vatican and the Indian archives in Seville, as well as documents she discovered in Peru, award-winning author Fiammetta Rocco chronicles the ravages of the disease; the quest of three Englishmen who smuggled cinchona seeds out of South America; the way in which quinine opened the door to Western imperial adventure in Asia, Africa and beyond; and how, even today, quinine grown in the eastern Congo still saves the lives of so many suffering from malaria.

    • Map: Early-Eighteenth-Century South America
    • Map: Central Africa
    • Map: World Map of Malaria
    • Introduction: The Tree of Fevers
    • 1. Sickness Prevails - Africa
    • 2. Tree Required - Rome
    • 3. Tree Discovered - Peru
    • 4. Quarrel - England
    • 5. Quest - South America
    • 6. To War and to Explore - From Holland to West Africa
    • 7. To Explore and to War - From America to Panama
    • 8. Seed - South America
    • 9. Science - India, England and Italy
    • 10. Last Forest - Congo.
    Original Publisher: London, HarperCollins
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 0002572028