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April 4, 1990

Manson's Tropical Diseases

Author Affiliations

North Tarrytown, NY

North Tarrytown, NY


by P. E. C. MansonBahr and D. R. Bell, 19th ed, 1557 pp, with illus, $125, Philadelphia, Pa, Bailliere Tindall, 1987.

JAMA. 1990;263(13):1848. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440130146043

The original, single-authored, pocket-sized edition of Manson's Tropical Diseases was published in 1898 when the causes of only a few "tropical" diseases were known (cholera, plague, and malaria) and when only one nutritional syndrome (beriberi) was recognized if not understood. In contrast, the present 19th edition is a highly definitive, sweeping textbook written by 26 international contributors and weighing almost six pounds.

This book maintains the intended objective as a reference for the clinician and the district health officer working in hot climates. It is organized in a practical and easy-to-follow format. New in this edition, for example, is the presentation of many infectious diseases under their cardinal features (diarrhea, fever, ulcers, pox). Where dominant clinical characteristics are not predictable, diseases are presented traditionally according to biologic agents (worms, bacteria, spirochetes, fungi, viruses). In a short but illuminating overview, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus appear as global