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Diseases of Children in the Subtropics and Tropics

Second Edition, edited by D. B. Jelliffe, Director, Food and Nutrition Institute, Mona, Kingston. xx + 1,011 pages, illustrated. Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., London; The Williams and Wilkins Co., 428 East Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202. 1970. No price

Elizabeth Barrett-ConnorDepartments of Community Medicine and Medicine University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92037

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Dr. Jelliffe has gathered an impressive group of authors for this second edition of Diseases of Children in the Tropics and Subtropics, many of whom are world-recognized authorities in their field. (The reader regrets the unfortunate impression that tropical disease expertise in the United States is limited to New Orleans.) As with most books with multiple authors, there is considerable variation in the quality of writing. One would have wished also for more rigid editing to eliminate unnecessary repetition, particularly in the section on child health services. Nevertheless, the book is generally remarkably well written, concise and current. Illustrations and indexing are excellent. I particularly admired the chapters by Jelliffe, especially the opening chapter which is a fascinating introduction to medical anthropology, the chapter by Bruce-Chwatt on the pediatric aspects of malaria, and the chapter on nutritional disturbances by multiple authors. This book is highly recommended to anyone treating children