The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria

Randall M. Packard


The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria

The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria

  • Title: The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria
  • Author: Randall M. Packard
  • ISBN: 9780801887123
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover



Malaria sickens hundreds of millions of people and kills one to three million each year Despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions But malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas How did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish in some parts of the globMalaria sickens hundreds of millions of people and kills one to three million each year Despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions But malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas How did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish in some parts of the globe From Russia to Bengal to Palm Beach, Randall Packard s far ranging narrative traces the natural and social forces that help malaria spread and make it deadly He finds that war, land development, crumbling health systems, and globalization coupled with climate change and changes in the distribution and flow of water create conditions in which malaria s carrier mosquitoes thrive The combination of these forces, Packard contends, makes the tropical regions today a perfect home for the disease.Authoritative, fascinating, and eye opening, this short history of malaria concludes with policy recommendations for improving control strategies and saving lives.


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Epidemiology of Malaria: Strategies for its EradicationThis is an outstanding textual documentary of a tropical disease that takes the lives of about two million people every year; over 1.8 million of them are from Africa since the highest transmission is found south of Sahara. It is unfortunate that in this age of biomedical revolution that malaria is a force to reckon. The author is associated with the eradication of this disease since late 1960s and his authoritative work shed light on the im [...]

Once upon a time there was a mosquito. And this mosquito carried something with her and gave it to everyone she met. Men in peculiar outfits sprayed all over the land, and the mosquito was banished, in that land at least. This is the story of malaria. The story that I've heard.But the actual story of Malaria is a lot more complex. Who would have, for instance, expected a history on a supposed tropical disease to begin with a study of a city in Northern Russia? The Making of a Tropical Disease do [...]

Randall M. Packard is another of those well-meaning historians who is interested in informing us but, in the process, puts the reader into a narcoleptic twilight zone. I am quite a fan of books on the earth's scourges (disease, war, madness, greed, fundamentalist Baptists) but I insist on being entertained while I am being instructed, even on the most horrific details.The facts of malaria are well known, interesting, and can be woven into a fascinating history if you are a Hans Zinsser or a J. W [...]

As the title implies, malaria is typically a tropical disease, but as Randall M. Packard explains, there are conditions that enable it to thrive almost anywhere. And in this surprisingly easy to read book he examines the history of this lethal disease, from the death of Pope Gregory XV in 1623 and earlier evidences, to the present day status in Africa and the isolated outbreaks in places like Palm Beach, FL and San Diego, CA. He explains the relationship between the four Plasmodium parasites and [...]

This was a superb and very readable historical and epidemiological overview of malaria, from the director of the Institute for the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. The author begins the book with his own experience with this disease, as he contracted malaria while working in a clinic in Uganda, and the heroic but often futile efforts of the clinic to curtail the disease in the community. The first half of the book discusses the origins of malaria in antiquity in Africa, and its subsequent s [...]

This was disappointing. I'm not sure how many times a book can re-write variations of the sentence, "Changing social and economic conditions transformed the ecological relationship of malaria parasites and human hosts, resulting in a decline/increase in malaria burden," but the author exceeded his allotment by several thousand percent. It's a useful point, and one well worth making, but I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that hammers its point so repetitively. Also, I'm not sure that it is a [...]

Packard, who got malaria himself while a public health worker in Uganda, examines the spread of the disease along with the earliest human agricultural settlement, its historically deleterious effects on the Roman Empire, construction of the Panama and Suez canals and the settlement of the Chesapeake, as well as the Cold War tinged efforts at eradication through the Marshall Plan and other foreign aid. The big lesson, however, is that malaria requires strong public health infrastructure and signi [...]

Highly recommended for anyone interested learning more about how malaria has both appeared and disappeared from different geographic areas. For those who think that eliminating the parasite is simply a question of spraying mosquitoes, putting up bed nets, and distributing medication, this historical perspective will be enlightening. This should be mandatory reading for every scientist and health care worker dealing with malaria. As with many history books, the writing is a bit dry, but the infor [...]

This book was very factual and detailed and presented a compelling case for the link between poverty and malaria. It is also unfortunately somewhat redundant and repeptative.The author uses too many examples to make the same arguement over and over again. I may not be the correct audience for this book. He may have been writing for more scientific readers and that may have lessened the appeal of the book for me.

n 1881, the eminent Philadelphia publishing house Presley Blakiston began selling Joseph F. Edwards's Malaria: What It Means and How Avoided. In it, Edwards, an M.D. and author of other useful monographs, such as Constipation Plainly Treated and Relieved Without the Use of Drugs(read more)

Another beauty from Randall Packard, smart man, smart work.

Malaria has become a poor people's disease. Officials don't realize that one can diminish Malaria but not eliminate it.


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