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The Miraculous Fever-Tree: Malaria, Medicine and the Cure that Changed the World

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Paperback, 348 pages
Published 2003 by HarperCollinsPublishers
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Clare O'Beara
This covers the history and uses of the Chinchona tree of the Peruvian Andes, which was observed by a Jesuit to be used by native peoples when they were shivering. He suggested it could be useful in helping people in Europe who had agues and fevers, which caused shivering. The resulting bark medicine became a cure for malaria and a spur to science.

The start of the book is rather jumbled with various locations and times mixed in one chapter. The author's family mingles with ancient history. Afte
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Jackson James Wood
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I love a good historical narrative. This book kinda has this. Perhaps because it is based on a tree, it is harder to follow, with humans being fickle ephemeral creatures which die, leave loose ends and incomplete records about plants but comprehensive ones about themselves and their finances.

I liked the book. It was easy to read. But it could have been so much better if it had received a strong edit or three.

There is a personal history/narrative element from Rocco which was fantastic. She talks
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Jennifer
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a historical interpreter at an 1800s drug store/pharmacy, this was a very interesting read about cinchona and the treatment of malaria. While there are a ton of names to keep track of and the style of the book takes a chapter or two to get into, the material is presented well, especially for those who don't have a strong medical background (nothing too technical). The author weaves together the overlapping time periods, places, and people very well. Excellent read, highly recommend.
Rita
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Fascinating!
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