Everything I Could Buy on eBayTM about Malaria
(Published 27 July 2002)
Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:225
A Wellcome Trust exhibition at the TwoTen Gallery, 210 Euston Road, London NW1, until 27 September 2002. Admission free
- Claire McKenna (firstname.lastname@example.org), BMJ Clegg scholar
Short of cash? Then why not sell your soul? The going rate for souls, almost new, in good condition, is £11.61 on eBay, the world's largest online auction house. So diverse are the items on sale that NASA has recently admitted to searching eBay for replacement computer parts for the space shuttle programme. Now Canadian artist Bill Burns has joined the devotees of the auction house and has amassed an eclectic and eccentric cornucopia of items relating to malaria for this Wellcome Trust exhibition.
The items on display amount to a veritable pocket history of malaria and malaria prevention and treatment programmes in the 20th century. One can see model crop dusters designed to spray DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloromethane), stamps from around the world featuring malaria themes, maps circa 1960 of …