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Book and Media Reviews
July 22 2009

Manson’s Tropical Diseases

JAMA. 2009;302(4):443-444. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1071

Manson's Tropical Diseases will serve as a useful companion for anyone providing care in the tropics or in a travelers' clinic. Because of its attention to the broad scope of tropical medicine, it will likewise be an excellent text for a course in tropical medicine. However, the failure of this 22nd edition to be current in some rapidly evolving areas is disappointing.

The first edition was published in 1898 by Patrick Manson, the discoverer of mosquito transmission of filarial infection and a pioneer in the development of the specialty of tropical medicine. Manson's goal with the original edition was to produce “A manual on the diseases of warm climates, of handy size, and yet giving adequate information . . . in no sense is it put forward as a complete treatise.” The current edition succeeds in this original aim as a good fundamental text and launching point for more focused study using other resources.

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