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April 1973

Research in Diseases of the Tropics: British Medical Bulletin, vol 28, No. 1.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(4):610. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320100138025

It is somewhat unusual to include an issue of a periodical for a book review. The British Medical Bulletin, however, is not an ordinary journal. Although each volume consists of three issues, the individual segments are essentially symposia dealing with recent advances in some area of current interest.

Moreover, the publisher is no ordinary commercial firm, or even a medical or scientific society; it is none other than the British Council, which, as stated near the title on the spine of each issue, is an "agent of the British Government." It is, therefore, not surprising that the editor of each issue readily manages to corral the leading authorities in Great Britain and the British Commonwealth to summarize and present the material dealing with the topics assigned to him.

The issue of January 1972 is a good example. It deals with a subject in which the British are particularly versed and

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