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Sushruta and Malaria

Sushruta and the cause of Malaria

While Western medicine didn’t pinpoint mosquitos as the source of malaria until 1897, ancient Sumerians were attributing malarial fevers to Nergal, the insect-like Babalonian god of the underworld, by 3200 BCE. And Indian physician Sushruta pinpointed the connection between mosquito bites and malarial symptoms in the sixth century BCE. Lack of proof, however, meant his correct hypothesis was not accepted for thousands of years and an unfathomable number of deaths later.