Medicine: Quinine's Tercentenary

Because a Spaniard in Peru discovered just 300 years ago that crude quinine cured malaria, most devastating of diseases the world over,** a small group of learned botanists and pharmacologists met in St. Louis last week to celebrate.

A vast amount of knowledge has accumulated about malaria. The Anopheline mosquito bites a person and injects the malaria organism, a protozoon about one-fifth the size of a red blood cell. The protozoon gets into a red cell where it grows and reproduces (by subdivision) until it literally bursts...

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