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February 4, 1961

Clinical Tropical Diseases

JAMA. 1961;175(5):422. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040050078032

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The authors frankly stated their aim in the preface to the first edition "to supply essential facts as dogmatically and concisely as we can." That they have succeeded in this aim makes this book perhaps the most useful, ounce for ounce, of textbooks in tropical medicine. The information in general is practical and clinically oriented. The scope is wide in view of the volume's small size. Coverage of Asian and African diseases seems somewhat more accurate than that of the American ones. Salmonellosis and South American blastomycosis are omitted. Some statements made unabashedly should certainly meet with disagreement; some will eventually prove to be incorrect. Since no references to literature are given, the book is not only dogmatic but also undocumented. While this was necessary to achieve the objective of the writers and the outcome is, in general, good, it does appear that the book might have been even more

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