Fever Pitch

I heard Sonia Shah give a thought-provoking talk last night at Politics & Prose here in DC about her fascinating new book, “The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years”. As she shows, the tendency of policy makers (and even scientists) to dither and overlook biological facts has aided the persistence of malaria over the years. The way she connects the DDT blitz of the 1940s to anticommunist fervor would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

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