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Geographic Medicine for the Practitioner

  • Kenneth S. Warren
  • Adel A. F. Mahmoud

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Prevention of Exotic Diseases: Advice to Travelers

    1. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 1-7
  3. Viral Infections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 11-16
  4. Bacterial Infections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 27-32
    3. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 33-41
    4. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 42-46
    5. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 47-51
    6. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 52-59
    7. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 60-64
  5. Protozoan Infections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 67-74
    3. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 75-80
    4. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 81-85
    5. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 86-92
    6. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 93-98
    7. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 99-105
    8. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 106-111
  6. Helminth Infections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 115-122
    3. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 123-129
    4. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 130-134
    5. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 135-152
    6. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 153-159
    7. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 160-165
    8. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 166-175
    9. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 176-181
    10. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 182-189
    11. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 190-195
    12. Kenneth S. Warren, Adel A. F. Mahmoud
      Pages 196-200
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-212

About this book

Introduction

Physicians in most developed countries are at a great disadvantage when confronted with geographic and tropical diseases. They may be faced with prevention for patients who are outward bound or with diagnosis and treatment on their return. The practitioners' difficulties relate to inade­ quate teaching in medical schools and to the infrequency with which they are confronted with these exotic diseases. It is quite surprising to realize the extent of travel by Americans to areas where the tropical diseases abound: in 1979 there were 3 million trips by U. S. residents to Central and South America and almost 1 million to Africa and Asia. I Further, the influx from the tropics to the United States in 1978 involved 4. 5 million visitors and more than half a million immigrants. I The single most danger­ ous ofthese infections is malaria, which is now averaging about 500 cases yearly in the United States; it is important to realize that infection with one species of this organism (Plasmodium falciparum) can be lethal within a few days of the onset of fever. Highly contagious infections such as the newly discovered and extremely lethal Lassa and Ebola fevers may be imported to our shores, plus cholera, antibiotic-resistant bacillary dys­ entery, and amebic dysentery and liver abscess. Chronic worm infections such as schistosomiasis, although rarely lethal, may have severe conse­ 2 quences such as paraplegia or hematemesis.

Keywords

Hepatitis Malaria Medicine Schistosomiasis bacteria bacterial infection bacterial infections infection infections protozoan infection viral infection

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth S. Warren
    • 1
  • Adel A. F. Mahmoud
    • 2
  1. 1.Rockefeller FoundationNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University Hospital of ClevelandClevelandUSA

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