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February 10, 1962

Chemotherapy of Tropical Diseases

JAMA. 1962;179(6):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050060083031

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This 164-page book gives a most useful and up-to-date summary of the chemotherapy of tropical diseases. The following chapter headings indicate the scope of this work: (1) Protozoal Diseases, (2) Spirochaetal Diseases, (3) Rickettsial Diseases, (4) Bacterial Diseases, (5) Fungal Infections, (6) Nutritional Diseases, (7) Climatic Diseases, (8) Metazoal Diseases, and (9) Venereal Diseases. There is a useful summary list of drugs employed in the treatment of tropical diseases. It is most convenient to have all of this material gathered together in one volume, for it saves searching through many books. For a number of diseases, several chemotherapeutic agents are mentioned, usually in historical order which means that the older discarded drugs come first. It is unfortunate that the author does not indicate the current drug of choice. This is not important to experts in the field, but for the internists or general practitioners it would be most valuable. One

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