Comments on: Sick day, the method medicine way. http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:56:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Bing http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643696 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 22:25:32 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643696 Thanks to Fratguy for putting his butt on the line for others!

HJ

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By: Fratguy http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643632 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 20:39:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643632 Mrs Fratguy’s spiffy nurse’s outfit seems to be at the cleaner’s. Damn. I guess I’ll settle for CPP’s suggestion of consuming ample G and T’s. Thanks for the well wishing, seem to be on the mend today

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643478 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:01:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643478 Heh. I don’t have the hat collection for that (yet.) A few more years and a few more wrinkles, and I will.

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By: Tenured Radical http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643459 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:37:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643459 Suggestion: send the children (you may or may not have) for an overnight, and play African Queen!

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By: Z http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643455 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:31:53 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643455 But many vaccines and inventions take a long time to get right, and it is worth being aware of more than one’s own narrow discipline.

Anyway, I guess it’s not malaria if he says not, he should know, and I’m glad he’s better!

But yes, malaria is forever. The longer it’s been since you got infected the less likely recurrence is, but it does happen.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643333 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:16:41 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643333 Uh. . . I said the absence of a vaccine was “hilarious” because Fratguy’s malaria happened in testing (another failed!) vaccine 19 years ago.

Further, this post was not meant to belittle the problem of malaria worldwide. When I said “For those of you who didn’t study infectious disease before 1940 and/or colonial American history. . .” I didn’t mean to suggest that those were the only ways one might encounter malaria in the modern world. Those are just the disciplinary trainings of me and Fratguy.

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By: Knitting Clio http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643280 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:57:50 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643280 Since I study history of medicine, I’d just like to second what others have said about malaria being an ongoing problem in many areas of the world — and with global warming, the mosquito that carries the disease is spreading northward.

The Cold War is only part of the story (and keep in mind that the struggle between the capitalism/communism was largely fought through proxy wars and economic aid to various parts of the global south). Prior to the Cold War, concerns about how to control malaria were a central issue for the British Empire and other imperialist endeavors by various European powers (of which the American colonies were one).

I don’t see anything “hilarious” about the CDC’s explanation about why there is no vaccine. It’s similar to the reason why we need a new vaccine for influenza every year. Every microorganism adapts to changes in its environment and malaria and influenza are especially malleable. Current studies are sponsored by the World Health Organization, not the U.S. military.

There are other environmental issues as well. Prior to the 1970s, prevention involved using massive amounts of DDT to kill the mosquito. This caused all sorts of environmental problems and human diseases (i.e. cancer), while also causing the mosquito to develop resistance to the pesticide.

In short, malaria has proved to be a more intractable problem than can be solved by a simple “magic bullet”.

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By: Yusifu http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-643208 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:45:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-643208 In my experience, malaria can pop up in lots of different ways, and it’s definitely possible to get a recurrence after several decades. It’s also nothing to fool around with–one of my professors from grad school nearly died of cerebral malaria, and that was after visiting his native country.

Lariam’s the prophylaxis that causes psychosis. Fansadar can make all your skin fall off. But malorone is pretty easy to tolerate, and they’ve now approved doxycycline as prophylaxis as well. I don’t know if those two get used as treatment, though.

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By: Hotshot Harry http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-642967 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 03:20:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-642967 Tell Fratguy to check his Yankee at the door and go see a doctor. Unless he’s enrolled in another “study” that will reward him with a special trip and he isn’t telling you about it…in which case I prescribe a nice single malt, neat with a drop of water.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2010/06/14/sick-day-the-method-medicine-way/comment-page-1/#comment-642937 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 02:35:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=11343#comment-642937 I’m so sorry that life has landed you in the world of early modern/tropical health. I certainly do know that malaria stays dormant, so it wouldn’t be beyond belief, but it sounds like it was in fact just a nasty virus. Since everyone else has told you everything useful and correct already, I’ll just hope you can bring Fratguy a G & T, which sounds so much better than grapes. (And much much better than tonic on its own. I’m not sure that it actually has any quinine anymore, but the thought is nice.)

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