Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse,
MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review
The arrival of the 21st edition of Manson's Tropical
Diseases, which began in 1898 as a monograph by Sir Patrick Manson,
marks the third century during which this venerable grandfather of tropical
medicine textbooks has been published. The 21st edition continues and expands
the effort, started with the 20th edition, to drastically broaden the scope
(and implied definition) of tropical diseases and to dilute the British accent
with input from new contributors.
Ample evidence supports the editors' claim that the 20th edition "undertook
a radical overhaul . . . and that [with] the 21st edition . . . we have made
the overhaul complete." Alimuddin I. Zumla joins Gordon C. Cook as coeditor,
a bold step, which exposes readers increasingly to the perspective of professionals
firmly rooted in developing countries. Now with input from 119 international
authors from all continents (up from 93 and 25 in the previous two editions),
it is no longer appropriate, as judged by some in the past, to view this text
as a vestige of the colonial era.
Cline BL. Tropical Medicine. JAMA. 2003;290(13):1783–1784. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1783-a
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