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Malaria in Greek History

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"Malaria in Greek History" by William Henry Samuel Jones is a fascinating exploration of the impact that malaria has had on ancient Greek society. Jones delves into the prevalence of the disease in ancient Greece and its role in shaping various aspects of Greek life, from culture to warfare.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is Jones' discussion of how malaria influenced the development of Greek medicine and the beliefs surrounding the cause and treatment of the disease. He also highlights the ways in which malaria outbreaks affected Greek cities and societies, leading to significant social and political consequences.

Overall, "Malaria in Greek History" is a well-researched and thought-provoking book that sheds new light on the role of this disease in shaping ancient Greek civilization. Jones' thorough analysis and engaging writing style make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of health, culture, and history.

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This book is an attempt to correct and develop the theory proposed tentatively in the little work Malaria. Put briefly, this theory is as follows. In the struggle for existence man has competed, not only with his fellow-men, but also with wild animals and disease- parasites. The fight against beasts was decided long before the historic period, but parasites have always been, and still are, formidable opponents. Whole tribes have been wiped out by plague, kala-azar and measles; and even when the disease-parasite does not win such a decisive victory, it often weakens a nation so much that the latter falls an easy victim to its healthier neighbours. This volume will show how malaria played a part in the decline of the ancient Greeks, along with statistics presented from the Greek Anti Malarial League, and evaluation of malarial literature.

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