The Diagnostics and Treatment of Tropical Diseases

By E. R. Stitt, Fourth edition, revised, with 159 illustrations. Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's Son Co.

H. J. Nichols
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The remarkable success of the author's “Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology” and of the present work makes it interesting to review their genesis. In the preface of the first edition of this book, we read that, while in general medicine, the diagnosis is made by a close correlation of bedside and laboratory findings, in tropical medicine, the diagnosis has largely been made in the laboratory. It was the author's original intention to treat tropical diseases in the same way as other diseases, namely, by making the diagnosis depend on all information available whether from bedside or laboratory: but he was forced to abandon this plan because of the lack of clinical experience of the average student. “There was not the same difficulty attaching to a book exclusively devoted to the diagnostic methods of the laboratory so that in 1908 a laboratory manual was published.”

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