Tropical medicine should become specialty of “health in developing countries”

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.247a (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:247
  1. D McLarty,
  2. K G M M Alberti,
  3. N Unwin
  1. Professor of medicine Muhimbili Medical Centre, PO Box 65243, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  2. Professor of medicine Lecturer in public health medicine Human Diabetes and Metabolic Research Centre, Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR,—In their article on the future of tropical medicine Kevin M De Cock and colleagues point out that Northern perspectives of tropical medicine are rooted in the past, with a heavy emphasis on parasitic and other infectious diseases.1 They believe that tropical medicine should now focus on the health problems of poor societies living in areas with a warm climate, where poverty rather than parasitic disease is the dominating influence. They also comment that traditional tropical medicine has ignored the burden of non-infectious disease and mention diseases related to …

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