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The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962

Frank M. Snowden


At the outset of the twentieth century, malaria was Italy's major public health problem. It was the cause of low productivity, poverty, and economic backwardness, while it also stunted literacy, limited political participation, and undermined the army. This book recounts how Italy became the world center for the development of malariology as a medical discipline and launched the first national campaign to eradicate the disease. The book traces the early advances, the setbacks of world wars and Fascist dictatorship, and the final victory against malaria after World War II. It shows how the medi ... More

Keywords: malaria, Italy, malariology, world wars, Fascism, poverty, literacy, political participation, Mussolini, bioterror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300108996
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank M. Snowden, author