The Fever Trail

The Fever Trail

In Search of the Cure for Malaria

Book - 2002
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McMillan Palgrave
Until the middle of the seventeenth century, little was understood about malaria, the deadly disease that decimated populations and crippled armies. A legend, however, persisted about a beautiful Spanish countess who was cured during a stay in Peru by drinking a medicine made from the bark of a miraculous tree. And so began the search for the elusive cinchona tree by a trio of British explorers who sought to rid the world of malaria. Today, in laboratories and research facilities, the hunt continues—this time for a vaccine against the disease that eludes all efforts to contain it.


Holtzbrinck
Until the middle of the seventeenth century, little was understood about malaria, the deadly disease that decimated populations and crippled armies. A legend, however, persisted about a beautiful Spanish countess who was cured during a stay in Peru by drinking a medicine made from the bark of a miraculous tree. And so began the search for the elusive cinchona tree by a trio of British explorers who sought to rid the world of malaria. Today, in laboratories and research facilities, the hunt continues—this time for a vaccine against the disease that eludes all efforts to contain it.

Blackwell North Amer
The Fever Trail is the story of the search for the elusive cinchona tree - the only source of quinine - and the trio of intrepid British explorers who were given the task of transporting it to the colonies. On a quest that was to absorb much of their lives, Richard Spruce, Charles Ledger, and Sir Clements Markham endeavored, on separate expeditions, to rid the world of malaria. They faced the immense dangers of the uncharted mountain terrain of the Andes, the perils of untrustworthy guides, the ravages of malnutrition and disease, the difficulties of finding the variety of cinchona tree with the highest concentration of quinine in its bark, and the hazards of then smuggling its seeds and seedlings out of Peru and Bolivia.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, c2002
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: xv, 397 p. : maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780312421809
031242180X
9780374154691
0374154694
Branch Call Number: 616.9362 Hon

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