Tognotti, Eugenia (2009) War and disease: biomedical research on malaria in the Twentieth century. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 15 (7), p. 1153-1154. eISSN 1080-6059. Article.
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War and Disease is a fascinating historical account of the discovery of drugs effective against malaria, one of the great scourges of humankind. The author, Leo B. Slater, makes good use of his expertise as a historian of biomedical science and technology. He provides a meticulous reconstruction of the manner in which the scientific community, in the midst of World War II, established an antimalarial program, which was to biomedical research what the Manhattan Project was to the physical sciences. At a time when industrialized nations are involved in the effort to find solutions to the ongoing global health catastrophe that malaria is today, this volume is a timely and valuable contribution.
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