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January 26, 2005

Medicine in Africa

JAMA. 2005;293(4):497-502. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.498

At first glance, this book looks very comprehensive and perhaps intimidating in size. On closer scrutiny, it is extremely student friendly in view of the meticulous and systematic organization of the contents into four parts. The clarity of presentation and language flow are praiseworthy. The arrangement of the book greatly enhances quick reference to any relevant section, even for the uninitiated.

Highly readable and well-edited, the textbook covers all aspects of diseases in the tropics. The revised edition combines classical aspects of internal medicine with a rich understanding of the major influences on health and disease in Africa. The main focuses are on health and diseases in Africa generally, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, systemic diseases, and common life-threatening emergencies seen in the continent.

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