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Books, Journals, New Media
October 1, 2003

Tropical Medicine

Author Affiliations

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 Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(13):1783-1784. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1783-a

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.