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September 6, 1976

Clinical Tropical Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine New Orleans

JAMA. 1976;236(10):1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270110069042

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This, the first update on tropical dermatology since Simon's comprehensive work of 1952, is a much needed contribution to the dermatologist. Travel has made exotic areas readily available to all income levels, the world population has become extremely mobile, and hitherto "tropical" diseases are likely to be seen by physicians anywhere in the United States.

The text is divided into 11 sections; the first five cover the dermatoses due to fungi, viruses, treponemata, bacteria, and animals (protozoa, helminths, and arthropods). Each section is divided into tropical infections and cosmopolitan infections of tropical interest. Other sections cover malnutrition, the exogenous and endogenous eczemas, venereal diseases, cutaneous manifestations of systemic tropical diseases, and miscellaneous dermatoses in the tropics.

There is an impressive list of contributors who have done an excellent job of considering pertinent information and presenting it in an interesting and readable style. The book is well written, with sections on