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The Miraculous Fever Tree: Malaria, Medicine and the Cure that Changed the World

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7407.169-a (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:169
  1. Omar Mukhtar, final year medical student (studentdoctor@hotmail.com)
  1. University of Bristol

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    Fiammetta Rocco

    Harper Collins, £16.99, pp 352

    ISBN 0 00257202 8

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    Legend has it that the cure for malaria was discovered in the 17th century by the countess of Cinchona, wife of the viceroy of Peru, when she was revived from a life threatening fever by a dose of bitter Peruvian bark. Learning of her miraculous recovery the people of Lima begged the countess to help them, for they regularly succumbed to the same fever. She ordered that a large quantity of the remedy be distributed among the poor, which …

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