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The conquest of malaria : Italy, 1900-1962

Author: Frank M Snowden
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.
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At the outset of the twentieth century, malaria was Italy's major public health problem. It was the cause of low productivity, poverty, and economic backwardness, while it also stunted literacy, limited political participation and undermined the army. In this book Frank Snowden recounts how Italy became the world centre for the development of malariology as a medical discipline and launched the first national  Read more...
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Snowden, Frank M. (Frank Martin), 1946-
Conquest of malaria.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005013483
(OCoLC)60348770
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frank M Snowden
ISBN: 9780300128437 0300128436
OCLC Number: 123021467
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 296 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Malaria: the "Italian National Disease" --
From miasma to mosquito: the Rome school of malariology --
A nation mobilizes --
From quinine to women's rights: hopes, illusions, and victories --
The first world war and epidemic disease --
Fascism, racism, and littoria --
Creating disaster: nazism and bioterror in the pontine marshes --
Fighting disaster: DDT and old weapons.
Responsibility: Frank M. Snowden.
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At the outset of the twentieth century, malaria was Italy's major public health problem. It was the cause of low productivity, poverty, and economic backwardness, while it also stunted literacy, limited political participation and undermined the army. In this book Frank Snowden recounts how Italy became the world centre for the development of malariology as a medical discipline and launched the first national campaign to eradicate the disease. Snowden traces the early advances, the setbacks of world wars and Fascist dictatorship and the final victory against malaria after World War II. He shows how the medical and teaching professions helped educate people in their own self-defence and in the process expanded trade unionism, women's consciousness and civil liberties. He also discusses the antimalarial effort under Mussolini's regime and reveals the shocking details of the German army's intentional release of malaria among Italian civilians - the first and only known example of bioterror in twentieth-century Europe. Comprehensive and enlightening, this history offers important lessons for today's global malaria emergency.

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