Tropical Therapeutics: Its Pharmacologic Aspects

by Robert A. Lewis, M.D., Principal Research Officer, National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Accra, Ghana; formerly Professor of Pharmacology, Seth G. S. Medical College, Bombay; Rangoon Medical College, Burma; Fakultas Kedokteran, Surabaya; Medical College, Baghdad. x + 276 pages. Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Illinois. 1963. $11.50

Franklin A. NevaDepartment of Tropical Public Health Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

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The first part of this monograph is logically organized with an introductory chapter on pharmacologic principles, two chapters on chemotherapy, and a section on nutritional deficiencies. The last three chapters, however, on metabolic and endocrine problems, toxicology, and drugs acting on the skin, mucosae, and G-I tract represent a more arbitrary arrangement of miscellaneous subjects.

It is not clear to the reviewer for which level of professional personnel the book is best suited. The subject material is obviously intended for those interested in treatment of tropical diseases, with justifiable emphasis on infectious and nutritional diseases. In spite of this the author attempts to cover far too much ground—from historical aspects and biostatistics to immunity and allergy; brief descriptions of diseases and the pathophysiologic alterations are also included. In one sense the result is a fairly impressive solo performance of considerable range.