Medicine: The War on Anopheles

"We now have it within our power to eradicate from the face of the earth that age-old scourge of mankind: malaria." So said President Eisenhower last week in his State of the Union speech (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). By latest estimates, two-fifths of the world's 2.6 billion people are subject to the disease; each year 200 million suffer from malaria, and 2,000,000 to 2,500,000 die of it. In the 60 years since the discovery that the disease is transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, men of medicine have had periodic fevers of hope about wiping out malaria—with the old drug quinine,...

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