The editor of N + 1, writing these lines, there is a school friend who is married to a native from West Africa. A few years ago, a caring mother-in-law sent a young family in a packet of Cinchona bark: useful in case of malaria. The reason to use the bark, of course, didn’t say, but in the spring of 2020 the couple realized that nothing used to make fun of the seemingly meaningless gift.
This spring, finding themselves unarmed before the new virus, doctors
took to sort already known from other diseases. We have
talked about how COVID-19 try to treatantiviral
means and to prevent with vaccines
polio and tuberculosis. Not passed this fate and hydroxychloroquine, which is already not the first hundred years of use in malaria. However, unlike most heroes of these searches, around attempts to adopt against COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine ambiguous noise.
Chloroquine or quinine?
The bark of the Cinchona tree as a cure for malaria has used as
at least in the XVII century, and in the middle of the XIX century, it was finally allocated the active substance
and called quinine. It was bitter and multifunctional — with the exception of
the fight against malaria, where it is only used as an antipyretic and analgesic, a sedative and a regulator of appetite. And is still considered as a possible
the cure for cancer and cramps in the extremities.