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August 1952

Diseases of the Tropics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(2):290. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050020154017

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As a concept the term "tropical diseases" has various connotations, depending upon the reader's experience and interest. For some it means the diseases which are the leading causes of death in the tropics; for others, diseases peculiar to the tropics, and for still others, parasitological and protozoal diseases of all types. The author of this book takes a rather eclectic view, in that he includes most of the parasitic and protozoal diseases, as well as others, such as shigellosis and nutritional deficiences, which, while occurring generally over the earth's surface, have a relatively high incidence in tropical areas. One wonders immediately whether the higher incidence is a reflection of tropical climate or of lowered socioeconomic status, with consequent lower standard of living and personal and community hygiene. "Summer diarrhea," for example, probably includes a good deal of shigellosis, discussed extensively in this book; yet the disease occurs at a higher

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