Medical Care of Refugees

edited by Richard H. Sandler and Thomas C. Jones. xv + 413 pages, illustrated. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. 1987. $39.95

Llewellyn J. Legters Department of Preventive Medicine/Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

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This book is a first-rate, authoritative, and very practical training manual and field guide for persons who may become involved in the provision of medical care to refugees. The authors of the various chapters obviously have been selected by the editors with careful attention not only to their technical knowledge of specific subject areas, but one would guess, also for their actual experience in refugee settings. With some exceptions where knowledge seems to have been derived primarily from a review of the literature, the chapters mostly have the authoritative ring that comes only from having worked in refugee camps.

The book is divided into sections of Basic Considerations, Specialty Considerations in Patient Care, and Diagnosis and Management of Infectious Diseases. As the authors advise in their Preface, all the sections and chapters will, of course, not be equally applicable to all health care workers in all refugee settings.

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