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Science and Empire
East Coast Fever in Rhodesia and the Transvaal

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: March 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521392532

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  • East Coast fever is a lethal disease of cattle, caused by a parasite that multiplies within T-lymphocytes, causing them to become lymphoblasts that behave like cells in leukaemia and lymphoma. This is the story of the disease and its effects on farmers, as well as of the scientists who studied it. The disease was unknown to western science or to veterinary practice until it was introduced into Rhodesia in 1901. It devastated the cattle-raising and ox-cart dependent transport systems of Rhodesia and South Africa and was not fully brought under control for some 50 years. The book describes the social and economic impact of the outbreak, the scientific investigations into it, and the effort to control it. The scientific study of the disease was done in part by the famous bacteriologist Robert Koch, whose many early errors had a negative effect on later investigators whose work was far more sound.

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    • Date Published: March 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521392532
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. Prologue
    2. The places and the players
    3. A new disease?
    4. The search for an expert
    5. Robert Koch in Bulawayo
    6. Joseph Chamberlain
    7. Arnold Theiler, Charles Lounsbury and Duncan Hutcheon
    8. The fight against East Coast fever
    9. The African-owned cattle in Rhodesia
    10. Two more parasites and another new disease
    11. What is East Coast fever?
    12. Epilogue
    Notes and references
    Index.

  • Author

    Paul F. Cranefield, Rockefeller University, New York

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