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February 27, 1943

Memoranda on Medical Diseases in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Areas

JAMA. 1943;121(9):712. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840090082042

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This is a military manual of essential material needed during special emergencies. Its table of contents includes most acute diseases which are or may be of importance in hot climates, including smallpox, trench fever and typhus fever. It is an excellent practical summary of great value for physicians facing unfamiliar disease problems in warm climates. It is especially strong on control methods. It will be of limited value for American civilian and military physicians. More in detail, the chapter on malaria is a condensed manual of much value. Pellagra is not discussed. There is a tendency to present outmoded and alternative theories which might well be expurgated. Based on British army experience, the discussions are not adequate in many fields where American work is preeminent, as in the food deficiency diseases, typhus group and amebiasis. In the case of amebiasis, for instance, too many drugs are recommended on the basis

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