Medicine: No Cure for Malaria

The conservative New England Journal of Medicine recently jumped on "the erroneous conception that malaria can be eradicated by means of a five-day treatment with the synthetic drug, atabrine." Attacking an article ("Enter Atabrine—Exit Malaria") written by Paul de Kruif in the Reader's Digest, the Journal pointed out that there is as yet no sure cure for malaria, that the disease and its problems are anything but simple.

The protozoa which cause the disease are carried by about 60 kinds of mosquitoes and are of four main varieties, each producing its own form...

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