Medicine: The Old Enemy

Not since 1640, when extracts of "Jesuits' bark" (cinchona) from Peru first gave Europeans the benefits of quinine for their "ague," has there been such good news for the world's malaria victims, who number hundreds of millions. Doctors can now handle a feverish flare-up caused by practically any type of malaria, and they can prevent relapses in most types. More progress has been made in the last dozen years than in the last three centuries. Last week the A.M.A. Journal published up-to-date reports on some of the latest drugs, based on the experience...

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