February 1971

Alimentary and Haematological Aspects of Tropical Disease.

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USA Washington, DC


Edited by AW Woodruff, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCP, DTMH. Price, $20.25. Pp 478, with 109 illustrations. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(2):320. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310140148031

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This multiauthored text describes tropical diseases with gastrointestinal and hematologic manifestations but, the authors include descriptions of many nontropical illnesses to make the book more inclusive. This makes the title a curious misnomer; for example, less than three pages are devoted to malaria, but lengthy chapters describe the hemoglobinopathies and psychosomatic intestinal disorders.

The gastrointestinal sections of the book are presented in chapters describing the effects of various diseases upon each anatomic portion of the alimentary tract. This offers the advantages of a text on physical diagnosis; the physician who finds an abnormality of the oropharynx, esophagus, or colon may study this section and discover an etiology. On the contrary, this method of presentation makes it difficult for the reader to accumulate information describing the multiorganed abnormalities in a specific disease.

The hematologic sections contain eight chapters describing various anemias and a single chapter on leukemia, leukemoid reactions, and

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