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Readers of this review, mostly American physicians, will want to know the merits of this distinctly British product. Since 1898, when Patrick Manson (widely recognized as the "father of tropical medicine" in the English-speaking world) produced the first edition of Manson's Tropical Diseases, the discipline of tropical medicine has changed. It has evolved from its colonial origins to a presentday focus on treating and controlling the major diseases, largely infectious, found predominantly in tropical and developing countries.
Although initially concerned with preserving the health of civil servants, merchants, military, clerics, and selected populations of indigenous workers, the discipline of tropical medicine now finds itself with new and broader challenges. It faces a world shrunken drastically by jet travel, with newly emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. It faces new patterns of disease influenced by powerful interrelated global factors, such as rapid urbanization, aging populations, economic stagnation, environmental degradation, and
Cline BL. Manson's Tropical Diseases. JAMA. 1997;277(2):173-174. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540260087044