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ISBN: 9780312573010320 Pages
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In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause célèbre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have opened their pocketbooks in hopes of eradicating the scourge. How does a parasitic disease that we've known how to prevent for more than a century still infect three hundred million people every year, killing nearly one million of them? In The Fever, the journalist Sonia Shah sets out to answer this question, delivering a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives. The Fever captures the curiously fascinating, devastating history of this long-standing thorn in the side of humanity.
The view through the mosquito net is blurry, but I can see the
thick skin of grime on the leading edge of each blade of the
ceiling fan as it slowly whirs around, keening alarmingly.
This is how it was every summer when I visited...