The Role of Chemistry in History

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April 17th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Intro | Chemistry | Sources | Affects History | History affects  | Poor Countries | Undesired Effects  | Substitutes | Conclusion

Quinine, in sum, is one the molecules that have had a tremendous impact on the history of mankind. Although its medicinal properties were known well before, it has been made popular thanks to the campaign of the Jesuits in the 17th century. The understanding of its chemistry as well as periods of high demands have led to attempts towards its synthetic make up which has only been achieved in 2001. Because of its many side effects and the scarcity of its source, cheaper and better alternatives have been sought after. These substitutes, however, did not completely remove quinine from the list of the leading drugs for the treatment and prevention of the world number one killer disease. After the recent successful synthesis of this potent molecule, there is reason to believe that one day soon, the world may free itself from the malaria disease.


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