Letters

Tropical medicine for the 21st century

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.247 (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:247

Tropical medicine should be concerned with medical problems endemic to the tropics

  1. Anthony Bryceson
  1. Consultant physician Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London NW11 OPE

    EDITOR,—I found the arguments in Kevin M De Cock and colleagues' article on tropical medicine for the 21st century confused.1 Tropical diseases are alive and well: the issue of the BMJ that contained their article also contained articles on Lassa fever in Nigeria; leprosy and tuberculosis in Ethiopia; and the World Health Organisation's attempts to tackle epidemics of plague, Ebola virus disease, yellow fever, and dengue while omitting arguably more serious outbreaks of diphtheria, visceral leishmaniasis, and cholera. Eight of these infections are indigenous to the tropics and have nothing to do with poverty, although riches might make their control easier.

    Much of …

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