Précis de Léprologie. Clinique et Thérapeutique de la Lèpre en Afrique Noire

par J. Languillon, Médecin Général, Directeur de l'Institut Marchoux de Bamako, Chef de la Section “Lèpre” de l'O, C. C. G. E., Expert de l'O. M. S.; and A. Carayon, Médecin Général, Professeur Agrégé du Service de Santé des Armées, Chirurgien et Neurochirurgien des Hôpitaux des Armées. xv + 392 pages, illustrated. Masson & Cle, Éditeurs, 120 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris (VIv), France. 1969. 70 F

Wayne M. Meyers Medical Director, Kivuvu Leprosarium Institut Médical Evanglique, Kimpese, via Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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The French-speaking medical community of West and Central Africa has long awaited the publication of a new treatise on leprosy in its language and about its people. In this geographic area there are more than one million leprosy patients, and those responsible for their treatment often find themselves in isolated places with limited access to information on the understanding and treatment of the disease. This book can do much to answer this need.

The volume is handsomely presented in a flexible, durable binding, printed throughout on heavy, glossy paper. Photographs and illustrations (total 253, 36 in color) are technically excellent and well-selected.

After a brief historical introduction, a discussion of the bacteriology of Mycobacterium leprae, the lepromin reaction, and the classifications of leprosy is presented. An extensive coverage on clinical leprosy is given in clear and accurate language under the following headings: Clinical Evolution of Leprosy, Cutaneous Lesions, Mucous Lesions of the Naso-Pharyngo-Laryngeal Area, Visceral Manifestations of Leprosy, Neuritis in Leprosy, Bone Lesions, Perforating Plantar Ulcers, Eye Involvement, Borderline and Reactional Tuberculoid Leprosy, The Leprosy Reaction, Tuberculoid Regression in Lepromatous Leprosy, and Diagnosis and Prognosis in Leprosy.

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