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July 30, 1932

Handbook of Tropical Fevers.

JAMA. 1932;99(5):414-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740570060042

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One reads this volume with mixed feelings. Many parts of it are excellent, especially the introductory chapter on diagnostic routine in the presence of fever, and on unclassified fevers. This chapter could have been expanded with advantage into a full and meaty discussion, including detailed review of tropical changes in cosmopolitan fevers. The same may be said for the excellent section on malarial prophylaxis and on the epidemiology of plague, as well as the entire discussion of plague. In spite of these admirable sections, one is inclined to feel that the purpose of the book has not been fulfilled. The preface designs the book for the student who needs a sound knowledge of the basic facts of tropical disease. The subject matter is not sufficiently extensive and the treatment not sufficiently comprehensive to meet this object. In the second place, it is designed for practitioners in the tropics. The same