was effective, if only the men could be made to take it," notes author David Steinert in "The History of WWII Medicine," an article on his World War II Combat Medic website (www.mtaofnj.org/content/WWII Combat Medic--Dave Steinert/ index.htm).
Gradually, fatigued and disease-ridden men began to repudiate Atabrine
. It was a vicious cycle.
With all of those measures and a steady diet of propaganda that persuaded soldiers to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites or take their atabrine
if infected, malaria rates dropped significantly, and US armed forces became substantially more effective.
Clinically approved Atabrine
(quinacrine) became the drug of choice in 1943, and, shortly after the war, chloroquine was identified, which has had an enduring influence on antimalarial chemotherapy.
I took Atabrine
for the malaria and painted my legs with gentian violet as an antiseptic for the jungle rot.