The Miraculous Fever Tree



"By Fiammetta Rocco Malaria is one of the world's most deadly diseases.

There was no cure until the discovery in Peru of a remarkable tree and its bitter tasting bark.

Hilary Neville reads an account of quinine's transformation of medicine and the history of Empire.

In the first of five extracts, we hear a remarkable first-hand account of how the efforts to elect a new Pope in high summer led to cardinals dropping dead and scenes lacking in all dignity.

It was clear to the Jesuits that something had to be done.


By Fiammetta Rocco.

Hilary Neville reads how the Jesuits brought back a wonder drug made of powdered bark.

Quinine went on to transform medicine.


By Fiammetta Rocco.

First hand accounts about how the British army fighting Napoleon in Holland were defeated not by soldiers, but by mosquitos.

Meanwhile in Africa quinine makes an Empire possible.


By Fiammetta Rocco.

The hunt for seeds leads a tenacious cockney and his Peruvian sidekick to discover a tree of unbelievable beauty and power.

But dark forces are out to get them.


Fiammetta Rocco's account of how quinine transformed medicine and the history of empire.

Nobel Prize Winner Dr.

Mosquitoi Rossi's letters.

He breathlessly recounts day by day his incredible microscopic journey into the interior of the mosquito, and his unravelling of the life cycle of the deadly malaria parasite.