26 Jan

DYK: Malaria was used as a cure for Syphillis

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For a brief time malaria was used as treatment for tertiary syphilis because it produced prolonged and high fevers (a form of pyrotherapy). This was considered an acceptable risk because the malaria could later be treated with quinine, which was available at that time. This discovery was championed by Julius Wagner-Jauregg, who won the 1927 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in this area.

25 Jan

Overheard: I get malaria every couple of months, then I go to the doctor and get the pills.

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When I asked my (English) diving instructor in Mozambique whether he recommends taking the prophlaxic, he told me he gets malaria about 3 times a year and when he does he goes to the doctor, takes the medicine and a few days later he’s OK again.

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25 Jan

Overheard: We don’t have malaria here…but if you do get it just take the pills!

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Have yet to meet anybody who takes Malaria remotely seriously: natives, foreign workers, people who have never had it, people who have had it…they all treat it like a minor inconvenience. It is fascinating how many people have implied I’m a hypochondriac because i wanted a net..everyone says the same thing “We don’t have malaria here…but if you do get it just take the pills!”

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25 Jan

Overheard: Parents resell medicine, children die.

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“I was told by a Danish medical worker who was on a break from Congo that a lot of the time parents resell medication they are given for their kids and hence the kids die…quite common she said.”

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