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Future of tropical medicine

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1160
  1. G C Cook
  1. Consultant physician Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London NW1 OPE

    EDITOR,—Any discussion/debate on “tropical medicine”1 should take cognisance of major differences between the formal discipline (which developed in the “western world” in the early days of the 20th century) and “medicine in the tropics.”2 3 The former was to a large extent artificial, being designed to provide medical care for servants of Empire and Raj after return to Britain, and was largely moulded by governmental (political) pressures, with …

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