Favism and Folklore

Ken McCandless (kmccand@uclink4.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 08 Oct 1996 22:53:23 -0700

Can anyone expound on how a g-6PD deficient individual in a society that
practices favism can possibly know that if they eat fava while infected
with malaria, they will counteract the parasite, but if they are not
infected, will suffer toxic side effects? Is it folkloric knowledge (as
Katz seems to claim)? If so, where can I find out about the folklore?