This is an extremely important book. It marks a distinctive change in the literature of tropical medicine. It should also be noted that the text appears to be clear, well written, and factually sound, but these positive attributes must share the limelight with the text's format and structure which represent a break with the traditional presentations of tropical medicine that have been with us since World War II.
In the preface, the authors spell out that this book is meant to take the form and much of the style of the textbooks of Internal Medicine, and is designed to be used in the education of physicians in countries where tropical diseases are endemic. The editors and contributors have done an excellent job toward this end. They start with clinical considerations, in this case grouped by disease categories, e.g., diarrhea, pneumonia, and anemia, rather than by bodily systems.