HLTB21H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Giovanni Battista Grassi, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Sub-Saharan Africa

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One of the oldest diseases known to mankind that continues to have huge social, economical and health consequences in many countries. Earliest records found in the chinese medical text, the nei chang (2700 bc) The hippocratic corpus was the rst document to mention the splenic change in malaria and related malaria to ingestion of stagnant water: Those who drink [stagnant water] have always large, stiff spleens and hard, thin, hot stomachs, while their shoulders, collarbones, and faces are emaciated; the fact is that their esh dissolves to feed the spleen . Belief that the fever recurred during the sickly summer season - resulting from poisonous vapours that emante from the marshes - mal"aria i. e. bad air". Reached spain and russia by the 12th century and england by the 14th century. Brought to the new world by european explorers, colonists, and africans. William shakespeare (1564 - 1616), mentioned argue (english word for malaria) in 8 of his plays.

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