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Malaria

Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States

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Malaria by Margaret Humphreys
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In this examination of malaria, Margaret Humphreys presents a book-length account of the parasitic, insect-borne disease that has infected millions and influenced settlement patterns, economic development, and the quality of life at every level of American society, especially in the south. Humphreys approaches malaria from three perspectives: the parasite's biological history, the medical response to it, and the patient's experience of the disease. She addresses numerous questions including how the parasite thrives and eventually becomes vulnerable, how professionals came to know about the parasite and learned how to fight it, and how people view the disease and came to the point where they could understand and support the struggle against it. In addition the work argues that malaria control was central to the evolution of local and federal intervention in public health, and demonstrates the complex interaction between poverty, race and geography in determining the fate of malaria.

Author Biography

Margaret Humphreys received her Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in the history of science, followed by the M.D. degree in 1987 from Harvard Medical School. After residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, she practiced medicine for another three years in Quincy and Braintree, MA. In 1993 she moved to Duke University in Durham, NC, where she practices medicine and teaches in the Department of History. She also edits the Journal of the History of Medicine and is the author of the book Yellow Fever and the South .
Release date NZ
October 23rd, 2001
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 Line drawings, black and white; 9 Halftones, black and white
Imprint
Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages
208
Dimensions
152x229x20
ISBN-13
9780801866371
Product ID
2037838

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