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Quinine and the cinchona plant: gain or bane for Africa?

Lom Ning Bamenda, Republic of Cameroon   Slave Market. Frederic Remington. 1893. Art Institute of Chicago. Public domain. “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives and minds than all doctors in the Empire.”1 This statement by Winston Churchill referred to the bitter-tasting substance in tonic water, quinine. This antimalarial alkaloid did save lives, […]