Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Snowden, Frank M. (Frank Martin), 1946- author.

Title The conquest of malaria : Italy, 1900-1962 / Frank M. Snowden
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (viii, 296 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Malaria: the "Italian National Disease" -- From miasma to mosquito: the Rome school of malariology -- A nation mobilizes -- From quinine to women's rights: hopes, illusions, and victories -- The first world war and epidemic disease -- Fascism, racism, and littoria -- Creating disaster: nazism and bioterror in the pontine marshes -- Fighting disaster: DDT and old weapons
Summary At the outset of the twentieth century, malaria was Italy's major public health problem. It was the cause of low productivity, poverty, and economic backwardness, while it also stunted literacy, limited political participation and undermined the army. In this book Frank Snowden recounts how Italy became the world centre for the development of malariology as a medical discipline and launched the first national campaign to eradicate the disease. Snowden traces the early advances, the setbacks of world wars and Fascist dictatorship and the final victory against malaria after World War II. He shows how the medical and teaching professions helped educate people in their own self-defence and in the process expanded trade unionism, women's consciousness and civil liberties. He also discusses the antimalarial effort under Mussolini's regime and reveals the shocking details of the German army's intentional release of malaria among Italian civilians - the first and only known example of bioterror in twentieth-century Europe. Comprehensive and enlightening, this history offers important lessons for today's global malaria emergency
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-286) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Malaria -- Italy -- History -- 20th century
Malaria -- Treatment -- Italy -- History -- 20th century
Mosquitoes -- Control -- Italy -- History -- 20th century
Malaria -- history
Malaria -- prevention & control
Antimalarials -- history
Antimalarials -- therapeutic use
History, 20th Century
Mosquito Control -- history
MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Forensic Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
MEDICAL -- History.
Malaria -- Treatment.
Mosquitoes -- Control.
Subject Italy.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300128437