The Malaria Capers

Tales of Parasites and People

Robert S. Desowitz (Author)


"Reads like a murder mystery. . . . [Desowitz] writes with uncommon lucidity and verse, leaving the reader with a vivid understanding of malaria and other tropical diseases, and the ways in which culture, climate and politics have affected their spread and containment."—New York Times

Why, Robert S. Desowitz asks, has biotechnical research on malaria produced so little when it had promised so much? An expert in tropical diseases, Desowtiz searches for answers in this provocative book.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 1993
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31008-5
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Like such eminent science writers as Stephen Jay Gould and Lewis Thomas, Mr. Desowitz manages to make the basic principles of his subject immediately comprehensible to the general reader. He has also succeeded in giving us a profound appreciation of the ways in which scientific and medical knowledge advances, through hypothesis, error and experiment, through serendipity, dedication, and perseverance.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Like a novelist, [Desowitz] draws the reader into the human tragedy of disease. . . . Rich in historical-medical detective stories.” — Betty Ann Kevles, Los Angeles Times

“A gripping account of how a one-celled protozoan has triumphed over modern science.” — Wall Street Journal

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