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The Malaria Project

The U.S. Government's Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, Military
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A fascinating and shocking historical exposé, The Malaria Project is the story of America's secret mission to combat malaria during World War II - a campaign modeled after a German project which tested experimental drugs on men gone mad from syphilis.

American war planners, foreseeing the tactical need for a malaria drug, recreated the German model, then grew it tenfold. Quickly becoming the biggest and most important medical initiative of the war, the project tasked dozens of the country’s top research scientists and university labs to find a treatment to remedy half a million U.S. troops incapacitated by malaria.

Spearheading the new U.S. effort was Dr. Lowell T. Coggeshall, whose persistent drive and curiosity led him to become one of the most innovative thinkers in solving the malaria problem. He recruited private corporations and the nation’s best chemists out of Harvard and Johns Hopkins to make novel compounds that skilled technicians tested on birds. Giants in the field of clinical research, including the future NIH director James Shannon, then tested the drugs on mental health patients and convicted criminals - including infamous murderer Nathan Leopold.

By 1943, a dozen strains of malaria brought home in the veins of sick soldiers were injected into these human guinea pigs for drug studies. After hundreds of trials and many deaths, they found their "magic bullet", but not in a U.S. laboratory. America 's best weapon against malaria, still used today, was captured in battle from the Nazis. Called chloroquine, it went on to save more lives than any other drug in history.

Karen M. Masterson, a journalist turned malaria researcher, uncovers the complete story behind this dark tale of science, medicine, and war. Illuminating, riveting and surprising, The Malaria Project captures the ethical perils of seeking treatments for disease while ignoring the human condition.

©2014 Karen M. Masterson (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Thorough and Fascinating

A real comprehensive work, incredibly researched and eloquently presented on the history of our combat with the complex organism and enemy of man, malaria. Scientific enough, novelesque enough. The story sells itself as it is one filled with international intrigue, war and matters of existential crisis. I would like to write a book some day on a related topic and this book has made me realize the daunting task ahead that this author has pulled off. Kudos!