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September 27, 1930

Tropical Medicine in the United States.

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By Alfred C. Reed, M.D., Professor of Tropical Medicine, the Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine Within the George Williams Hooper Foundation for Medical Research of the University of California. Cloth. Price, $6. Pp. 410, with 60 illustrations. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1930.

JAMA. 1930;95(13):956. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720130052030

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This addition to the rapidly increasing number of textbooks on tropical medicine is unique in that it is not written for workers in the tropics but "to present a serviceable guide to the physician in the United States in his contact with tropical medicine." The various diseases are presented from the clinical standpoint, with sanitation, basic bacteriology and parasitology reduced to a minimum. The scope of the book is broad, including sections on protozoal, spirochetal, bacterial, helminthic, mycotic and metabolic diseases; a section on diseases of unknown etiology, such as yellow fever, typhus and dengue; a section on arthropod parasites, and a final section on varied topics, such as tropical ulcers, heat disease, personal hygiene and tropical climatology. Many readers will probably disagree with the selection of some of the items. Thus, although the author omits trypanosomiasis because, as he explains, it is not encountered in the United States, he

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