The Fever Trail

The Fever Trail

In Search of the Cure for Malaria

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Relates the mission of three British explorers to find the cinchona tree, the source of a medicine that supposedly had cured a Spanish countess of malaria, in an account of geopolitical rivalry that pitted the New World against the Old.

Book News
The bark of the Peruvian cinchona tree was discovered to cure malaria by Peruvians long ago, but was only discovered and turned into quinine by the Europeans due to the efforts of three British explorers in the 1850s. Journalist Honigsbaum traces the journey of the three naturalists through the jungles of Peru in their efforts to bring the bark of the Cinchona tree to England. Along the way he discusses the botanical and medical aspects of the topic and looks at the political realities that through obstacles in the way of the explorers. A final chapter considers the growth of quinine resistant malaria and discusses possibilities for finding a vaccine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
Part science, part riveting historical adventure about one of the great scourges to afflict mankind Every year malaria kills 1.5 to 2.7 million people -- more than half of those deaths are children -- and 300 to 500 million people fall ill with the disease. As of yet, there is no cure. Malaria is a deadly virus with a vicious ability to mutate; it has, over the centuries, changed the course of history as epidemics swept through countries and devastated armies. Until the middle of the seventeenth century, little was understood about the nature of the disease, or how to treat it. But there was a legend about a beautiful Spanish countess, the Condesa de Chinchón, who was cured of malaria during her stay in Peru by drinking a medicine made from the bark of a miraculous tree. This is the story of the search for the elusive cinchona tree - the only source of quinine - and the trio of British explorers who were given the task of transporting it to the colonies. On a quest that was to absorb the rest of their lives, Spruce, Ledger and Markham endeavored to rid the world of malaria. But although quinine, and its chemical successors, managed to control malaria for a time, no method of prevention has been proven to be 100% effective. In laboratories and research facilities, the hunt continues - this time for a vaccine. The Fever Trail is a story of courage, of geopolitical rivalry, of the New World against the Old, of the fabled curse of the cinchona tree - and of a 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Using the legend of a Spanish countess, who was cured of malaria by drinking a medicine made from the cinchona tree, to guide them, three British explorers embark on a mission to find the elusive cinchona tree to rid the world of this debilitating disease, in a riveting true account of bravery and geopolitical rivalry that pitted the New World against the Old. 20,000 first printing.

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

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