Informative if a bit scattered in organization. This divergence matters, for knowledge about malaria increased immensely during that period. In the modern era, this is typified by the well-funded Harvard Malaria Institute in the United States, where there are relatively few cases of malaria, whereas entities such as the Gorgas Institute of Malaria in Panama, where malaria is endemic, has only scarce resources. She also, very interestingly, manages to both impress upon the reader the severity and danger of malaria, while calling into question the cultural context and motives of modern malaria research. Answer: because, while it's considered sensible to avoid excessive outdoor exposure during a dengue outbreak, it's not the worst thing to happen in tropical areas. The fascinating thing about malaria is that any book on this disease must be all of these things.
As a result, however, there is sometimes a slant to the story, and it feels that we're not getting the whole picture. It was published by Picador and has a total of 320 pages in the book. Well-written book that presented science and history side-by-side in a compelling mix. Shah's documentary text reads like a detective story as humankind conjectures about and then discovers definitively that mosquitoes, immune themselves to the effects of the disease, spread the malaria parasite to other creatures, humans especially. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names--and opened their pocketbooks--in hopes of stopping the disease. She also, very interestingly, manages to both impress I read this after it was recommended on This Podcast Will Kill You and I could hardly put it down.
The book is a good explanation of malaria both historically and how we are dealing with it today. The colonists saw the immunologic advantage of the African and so saw slavery as a necessity since no other human was more suited to withstand the serious consequences of being exposed to the parasite. You will definitely learn something or many things! In her book, Sonia Shah provides us a unique perspective about those living day to day with the parasite. This is what Joe Biden would call a. Yes, we'll have the occasional outbreak of malaria in developed countries, and treatment will promptly stomp it out. Description: 309 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm Contents: Malaria at our doorstep -- Birth of a killer -- Swept in malaria's current -- Malarial ecologies -- Pharmacological failure -- The karma of malaria -- Scientific solutions -- The disappeared : how malaria vanished from the West -- The spray-gun war -- The secret in the mosquito.
However, it is often just the reverse. Zeitgeist Check Malaria is currently the subject of a huge surge in funding and research. She creates a mostly convincing case that malaria shaped a great deal of cultural history in the world, and that attempts to eradicate it have been largely unsuccessful. Book Summary: The title of this book is The Fever and it was written by. I found this book to be tremendously interesting and informative. Less than half would have sufficed: the subject is malaria, not human folly. The main problem with malaria, Shah convincingly argues, is its frightening ability to quickly nullify all strategies used to destroy it.
Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New Scientist, The Nation, and elsewhere. The assumption that malaria could be cured or eradicated was not on their event horizon. Malaria is firstly a matter of intelligent adaptation to the vector and the parasites. From the settling of the New World to the construction of the Panama Canal, through wartimes and the advances of the Industrial Revolution, Shah tracks malaria's jagged ascent and the tragedies in its wake, revealing a parasite every bit as persistent as the insects that carry it. A drug that attacks a malaria parasite in one of its seven life stages will probably be completely ineffective after the plasmodium transforms itself. In The Fever, the journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer these questions, delivering a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives.
We recommend this book for anyone in the health-care field interested in learning about health-care epidemiology, political health-care policy, and medical technologic advances of this deadly disease. Often she includes visual aids to better explain the structure of the parasite and its rather complex life cycle. I have occassion to help diaganosis Malaria, in an east coast medical center. If you have any interest in this ancient disease and its impact on human life I highly recommend this work! Deactivating your account will unsubscribe you from Gates Notes emails, and will remove your profile and account information from public view on the Gates Notes. Shah even presents contrasting ideologies by highlighting a nontraditional view expressed by a reporter at an international conference on malaria held in Cameroon, who stated that living with the Plasmodium bacteria has been mostly positive, since by natural selection it makes people stronger. I think this book would have benefitted tremendously from better editing.
With distinguished prose and original reporting from Panama, Malawi, Cameroon, India, and elsewhere, The Fever captures the curiously fascinating, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity. She also delves into the issues of eradication and why it has failed to control, let alone conquer, the spread of the disease. Malaria was largely eradicated in the U. For those who want to delve in in more detail, there are lots of references for every point; but the reading pleasure doesn't suffer from just reading past the scholarly references which, I confess, I am doing. Another tale recalls sufferer Sir Walter Raleigh who, when captive in the Tower of London, prayed not to have a malarial fit on the scaffold in case people thought he was shivering with fear.
. Other treatments have come from ancient Chinese medicine, from manufacturing of synthetic chemicals, etc. Shah saw an opportunity to make a quick profit off of one of the world's deadliest diseases as it re-enters media prominence. However, someone who would never take a text book on vacation for personal reading, but still likes an informative educational book that is well written and light enough to keep your attention throughout may find 'The Fever' to be a good fit. Additionally, malaria offers a sobering insight into the realpolitik of science. My first gripe with the book is that, to me, the story seemed to be set up in a strange way. Fighting it can seem like a Sisyphean task: it has killed more people than any other illness, ever.
Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. The entire evolutionary history is an oversimplified war story with so much anthropomorphization that it is almost unreadable. And even at that, the measure may only be a temporary stopgap. What the author seems to emphasize, and I agree, is that there is no ultimate cure or vaccine for malaria. Once she made that point and moved to the science and politics of moder Malaria is a complex disease that cannot be summed up in a slogan or sound-bite. She also cites references in other books that reference even another book. More annoying is her disorderly use of timelines: Ms Shah flips back and forth repeatedly through time.
Sonia Shah hates mosquitoes, as do I. Local knowledge and empowerment is the key, not cats or wisdom parachuted from on high. Read thoughtfully, reflect, then act --- many sources are supplied to spur even the most desultory reader to action. I recommend this book strongly to just about anyone, but particularly for those who are interested in medical history and public health. Well, to me all adjectives sound in a way true, but as ironic commentary to a poorly written book. Not that Shah skimps on the science; we do learn the basics of the parasite's life cycle, as well as the way it flourishes in only certain Anopheles vectors, which in turn are adapted to specific niches.