Volume s1-31, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Never has the history of cinchona been more attractively or carefully described than in this slender volume by a distinguished Colombian physician and medical historian. The book is well printed and bound, and it carries historical plates of special interest. It is in three parts: The Mosquito-Malaria Theory, 26 pages; A Critical Review of the Basic Facts in the History of Cinchona, 55 pages; Progress Achieved in the Prevention and Treatment of Malaria, 26 pages. There is a short appendix of original texts and a good index. It is documented by numerous references in footnotes, rather than a bibliography.

A well-balanced presentation of the development of the mosquito-malaria theory is given, and the section on cinchona is superb. The author uncovers numerous inaccuracies in the conventional story of how the bark got to Europe. Incidentally, he adds the considerable weight of his opinion to the thesis that malaria was a disease known to American Indians from earliest times.


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