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January 21, 1998

Tropical MedicineWho Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria? Torrid Diseases in a Temperate World

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Robert S. Desowitz, 228 pp, with illus, $25, ISBN 0-393-04084-4, New York, NY, WW Norton & Co, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(3):245-246. doi:10.1001/jama.279.3.245-JBK0121-5-1

Those who know Robert Desowitz's earlier books on parasitic diseases have come to expect this respected professor emeritus of tropical medicine to entertain and educate with his special blend of wit and erudition while conveying the impression that he (the author) was having one heck of a good time crafting his art. This, his latest book, will not disappoint! While blessed (or cursed) with the intellectual curiosity of a true scientist and the dogged tenacity of a bibliophile, Desowitz's great skill is as a storyteller, and most of the stories in this book are as intriguing as they are gracefully revealed. They are further enhanced by personal recollections, insights, and memorable anecdotes. His style is natural and chatty.

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