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Tropical and Geographical Medicine

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Second edition. Warren Kenneth S., Mahmoud Adel A. F.. ; eds. 1159 pages. New York: : McGraw-Hill; ; 1990.. $125.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(12):996. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-12-996_1
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Assembling a textbook in the multidisciplinary field of tropical medicine is like painting an elephant using the instructions of the four proverbial blind men. The diversity of the field's component disciplines make attempts at creating a balanced synthesis risky.

Remarkably, several textbooks on tropical medicine are widely accepted. Among the best is this newcomer, first published in 1984 and now revised in a 1990 edition. Those considering such an expensive purchase may wish to know its merits relative to other offerings. Compared with the Manson text, intended as a shelf manual for physicians in the tropics, and with the newly


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