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November 1996

Tropical Neurology

Author Affiliations

Mexico City, Mexico

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(11):1099. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550110035007

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This book is not a collection of data about exotic and strange diseases, although it might seem so to several colleagues practicing in North America and Europe. Tropical Neurology deals with common disorders seen daily in large areas; in fact, many of them (eg, malaria, cysticercosis, tuberculosis, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis, malnutrition, and leprosy) are among the most frequent causes of death and disability in humans. The number of patients with neurological disorders affected by tropical diseases is staggering. For those physicians and neurologists practicing in tropical countries, the classic textbooks of medicine sometimes seem a bit detached from the everyday practice, at least in the dimension of diseases. The neurological disorders that occupy most of the time and effort of North American and European neurologists are somewhat foreign to the daily routines in tropical areas because diseases like Alzheimer, Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, migraine, and depression are less frequent than malaria, tuberculosis,

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