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February 1963

Child Health in the Tropics.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(2):226. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040228022

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Although the contributors from the Department of Pediatrics and Infant Malnutrition Research Unit, Kampala, Uganda, are working in ideal conditions as regards buildings, staff, and ancillary medical services, they demonstrate their knowledge of the handicaps facing the doctors and other medical workers in the tropics. The vast majority of these are treating overwhelming numbers of patients and at the same time aiming to teach hygiene, nutrition, and preventive medicine. Nurses, health visitors, midwives, and community development workers play a great part in this work, and this book is a practical guide covering the main causes of ill health, their treatment, and prevention as well as the maintenance of good health.

The chapter, "Protein-Calorie Malnutrition" is outstanding in its lucidity and details of treatment. In discussing "Diarrhoeal Disease in Early Childhood" a working knowledge of facilities available is demonstrated by the fact that giving parenteral fluids by the intraperitoneal and subcutaneous

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