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January 11, 1995

Transcultural Medicine: Dealing With Patients From Different Cultures

Author Affiliations

St Louis University School of Medicine St Louis, Mo

JAMA. 1995;273(2):169-170. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520260091041

This second edition of Transcultural Medicine is again largely a collection of articles, 35 in all, published from 1981 to 1989 in the British medical press. The few more recently added references are to several Xenophobe's Guides for tourists. The book again has three parts: general aspects, special considerations, and selected points.

Part I deals with general communication problems; history taking and physical examination; diagnostic difficulties secondary to physical, genetic, and cultural factors; psychiatric disorders; diet-related diseases; and alternative therapies. Part II focuses on ethnic customs, obstetrics and family planning, pediatrics, nutritional and skin problems, and pharmaceuticals. Part III contains two chapters. The first deals with various ethnic customs and repeats much information from previous chapters. The second chapter offers various amusing anecdotes and a book review. The second edition also includes an update on disease patterns in different ethnic groups in the United Kingdom and a chapter describing multicultural

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