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September 25, 1991

Tropical and Geographical Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of California School of Medicine San Francisco

University of California School of Medicine San Francisco

JAMA. 1991;266(12):1704-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470120106049

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Several years ago this textbook would have served merely as a solid reference text in libraries of medical institutions. The onset of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome epidemic with activation of latent protozoan and helminth infections has made it of much more immediate interest to all physicians. In addition, the problems of Third World countries, which include one half of the earth's total landmass and approximately three fourths of its population, necessitate more than just a casual knowledge of tropical medicine. The advent of widespread air travel brings into the clinician's office diseases that once would have been seen only in very large medical centers. The truly shrinking globe demands that physicians adapt to this new reality.

Drs Warren and Mahmoud have accomplished an impressive feat with this second edition. Seventeen countries are represented and over 150 authors have contributed to the text. To maintain a cohesive format with uniform prose