Surgery and Clinical Pathology in the Tropics

Charles Bowesman, O.B.E., B.A., M.D., F.R.C.S.E., F.A.C.S., D.T.M.&H., Editor. 1st edition, 1068 + viii pages, illustrated. Edinburgh and London, E. & S. Livingstone Ltd. (The Williams & Wilkins Co., Baltimore, exclusive U.S. agents), 1960. $22.50

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  • University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida

One of England's great contributions to modern civilization is the knowledge of tropical diseases accumulated by her students of medicine and surgery. The far-flung empire, the colonial hospitals and clinics, and the one-man health stations in isolated tropical countries have given many of her physicians and surgeons first-hand knowledge of tropical diseases, their diagnosis and treatment, to an extent rare in the United States. It was thus an interesting and rewarding experience to read this book by Charles Bowesman.

Although there are many excellent text books on tropical medicine, this is perhaps the first and only text book on tropical surgery generally available. It was written by a man with a long and extensive experience in the hospitals, clinics, and small health stations in Africa. Surgery in the tropics is like surgery in temperate zones except that diagnosis, and often treatment, is complicated by the prevalence of malaria, amebiasis, hydatid disease, schistosomiasis, tapeworm cysts, sickle cell disease, and helminthic infections.