Child Health in the Tropics

edited by D. B. Jelliffe, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.A.P.H.A., D.C.H., D.T.M.&H., Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Makerere Medical School, Kampala, Uganda; Visiting Professor of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, La., U.S.A. 152 pages, second edition. Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., London. 1964. $3.50

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  • Department of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
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In most underdeveloped countries a variety of medical assistants and nursing aides assist the relatively few qualified doctors in the treatment and prevention of sickness.

The greatest proportion of morbidity is among the infants and young children. Resources of staff and equipment and “know how” are needed for all the varying types of medical skill available from the fully qualified doctor to the nursing aide. In this book the child is followed from birth, and its development is described with special reference to the indigenous customs and cultural background. The prevention and treatment of the various infections so common in the undeveloped countries are well described.

The major part of the book is devoted to feeding and the results of errors in feeding. A section is devoted to parasites.

The whole book stresses the importance of social and cultural background, and of working with these forces and not against them.