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Malaria as Lifesaving Therapy

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Science  08 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6159, pp. 686
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6159.686

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Vivax malaria was once familiar to doctors not only as a foe, but also as an ally. In the first half of the 20th century, it was used to treat tens of thousands of patients suffering from end-stage syphilis, who were otherwise doomed to a gruesome death. The treatment, seen as a miracle cure, did allow many to recover, and its discoverer won a Nobel Prize.