Synopsis of Clinical Tropical Medicine

by Oscar Felsenfeld, M.D., M.Sc., Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army; Associate, Department of Experimental Pathology, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D. C.; Visiting Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La.; Diplomate in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Diplomate in Public Health; Fellow, College of American Pathologists; Fellow, American Society of Clinical Pathologists; Fellow, American Public Health Association; Member, Royal Society of Health (London); Fellow, American Academy of Tuberculosis Physicians; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Consultant, World Health Organization. 378 pages, illustrated. The C. V. Mosby Company, St. Louis. 1965. $9.85

B. H. KeanCornell University Medical College, New York, N. Y.

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Clinical tropical medicine is so broad in scope that adequate coverage by any of the standard texts involves huge and expensive publishing ventures. For example, the 15th edition of Manson's book contains 1191 pages and costs $15.00. Craig and Faust's classic in tropical parasitology (with Paul Russell) contains 1099 pages and costs $16.50; it does not include those diseases of the tropics not caused by parasites.

Dr. Oscar Felsenfeld has succinctly and helpfully compressed an enormous body of information into a compact, 378-page book. The publisher has provided good paper; the illustrations are, on the whole, new and good; the cover is suitable for the tropics; and the book fits easily into a pocket. The reviewer is especially grateful that, despite the demands of space, the author has provided at the end of each chapter a list of recommended readings, although not of specific references.

Unfortunately, I have never been able to determine for whom a synopsis is useful.