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Shivers and Sweats

Ian Glynn: Curing malaria, 25 July 2002

The Fever Trail: The Hunt for the Cure for Malaria 
by Mark Honigsbaum.
Macmillan, 333 pp., £18.99, November 2001, 0 333 90185 1
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... Mark Honigsbaum is fascinated by fever trees. The phrase may bring to mind ‘the great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees’. But Honigsbaum is not interested in Kipling’s trees, or in the beautiful flat-topped acacias of the Kenyan rift valley, which are called ‘fever trees’ because they grow in malarial districts ...

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