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Faced with a missionary patient who may have been exposed to filariasis or an exchange student who is passing a tapeworm in his feces, the American physician usually turns for information to a textbook of general medicine or infectious diseases. Unfortunately, for reasons of space, such conditions are often inadequately described. A further search is necessitated to determine just how one goes about demonstrating microfilaremia or identifying the species of tapeworm. Manson's Tropical Diseases can serve as an up-to-date reference source for conditions encountered in persons from tropical areas. As such, the textbook is recommended to physicians with an interest in tropical medicine and infectious diseases, and it should be available in hospital and medical school libraries.
In addition to these "exotic" diseases, the textbook contains excellent clinical descriptions of other conditions that may be more relevant to medical practice in this country. The section on amebiasis, for example, is
Luby JF. Manson's Tropical Diseases, ed 17. Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(1):182–183. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320190184037
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