This blog is intended to go along with Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, by John R. Weeks, published by Cengage Learning. The latest edition is the 12th (it came out in 2015), but this blog is meant to complement any edition of the book by showing the way in which demographic issues are regularly in the news.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Malaria Buzz

The Wall Street Journal has a teaser article by Sonia Shah, who has a new book out on The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010). Although spraying and drugs and other measures have lowered the death rate from malaria, especially since the end of WWII, the parasite and its mosquito vector are incredibly tenacious, and humans, she argues, are part of the problem--we are often way too careless or simply fatalistic (no pun intended) about malaria.

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