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March 31, 1945

The Sick African: A Clinical Study

JAMA. 1945;127(13):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860130140028

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The author has done a much needed piece of work. He has chosen a theme on which volumes could be written, the field is a continent and the subjects covered are vast. It requires much skill to keep such a treatise simple and practical. He shows a thorough knowledge of African life and peoples gained through years of experience. The title "The Sick African" is a fortunate one, for it tells the whole story. In a comparatively small space the author gives a vast amount of practical information. As stated by the publishers, it should meet a very definite need not only for the busy medical practitioner but also for Sisters, missionaries and native medical assistants. Here should be added public health workers, school teachers and other auxiliary services, and especially those in out of the way places.

Chapter I, on the patient, gives a practical background of this "sick

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