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Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina

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Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina examines the dramatic yet mostly forgotten history of malaria control in northwest Argentina. Carter traces the evolution of malaria science and policy in Argentina from the diseaseandrsquo;s emergence as a social problem in the 1890s to its effective eradication by 1950. Malaria-control proponents saw the campaign as part of a larger project of constructing a modern identity for Argentina. Insofar as development meant building a more productive, rational, and hygienic society, the perceptions of a culturally backwards and disease-ridden interior prevented Argentina from joining the ranks of andldquo;modernandrdquo; nations. The path to eradication, however, was not easy due to complicated public health politics, inappropriate application of foreign malaria control strategies, and a habitual misreading of the distinctive ecology of malaria in the northwest, especially the unique characteristics of the local mosquito vector. Homegrown scientific expertise, a populist public health agenda, and an infusion of new technologies eventually brought a rapid end to malariaandrsquo;s scourge, if not the cure for regional underdevelopment.

Enemy in the Blood sheds light on the often neglected history of northwest Argentinaandrsquo;s interior, adds to critical perspectives on the history of development and public health in modern Latin America, and demonstrates the merits of integrative socialenvironmental research.

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Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina examines the dramatic yet mostly forgotten history of malaria control in northwest Argentina. Carter traces the evolution of malaria science and policy in Argentina from the diseaseandrsquo;s emergence as a social problem in the 1890s to its effective eradication by 1950.

About the Author

Eric D. Carter is a human geographer and assistant professor of geography and holder of the Edens Professorship in Global Health at Macalester College, and he has published articles in the Journal of Historical Geography, Journal of Latin American Geography, and the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, which recently honored Carter with the Stanley Jackson Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817317607
Author:
Carter, Eric D.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 illus.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Dictionaries and Encyclopedia
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Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina examines the dramatic yet mostly forgotten history of malaria control in northwest Argentina. Carter traces the evolution of malaria science and policy in Argentina from the diseaseandrsquo;s emergence as a social problem in the 1890s to its effective eradication by 1950.
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