Medicine And Books

The Wellcome Trust Illustrated History of Tropical Diseases

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1561
  1. Diana N J Lockwood, consultant leprologist
  1. Hospital for Tropical Diseases and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Ed F E G Cox / Wellcome Trust, £35, pp 454 / ISBN 1 869835 86 7

    Within tropical medicine a spirited debate is taking place about this specialty's future. This debate arises out of the particular history of tropical medicine. The specialty developed to protect the health of colonialists and their workers and has a strong base in classical parasitology. The most extreme argument is that, since the colonies have gone, the specialty is no longer needed. Another view is that clinical expertise in tropical medicine is vital if the health of people in the tropics is to be improved. Others are focusing on the difficulties of delivering effective clinical services in …

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