History of Medicine
This is a wonderfully readable, nearly novel-like but masterfully scholarly all-encompassing history of malaria, a disease that still kills 2 to 3 million people every year, with unprecedented documentation of its impact on human events. The book contains more than 250 rare illustrations from obscure sources as well as a bibliography and names and dates section plus index. No other work ever attempted matches this volume's stunning scope and depth of coverage of malaria as one the great scourges of mankind responsible for defeating conquering armies, altering the fate of besieged cities, devastating the Papal conclaves, barring progress and civilization in Victorian times, and blamed by some historians for the decline of Greek civilization, the fall of the Roman Empire, and hindering the colonization of Africa. A unique and special work for the legion of medical and general readers fascinated by the evolution of science and medicine over the centuries.