Most of the world's children are born and live in the subtropics and tropics. One would suppose that special textbooks dealing with the problems of these children would be available, but such is not the case. Most of those who are concerned with pediatrics in tropical areas have either been trained in the West or have studied textbooks written from the standpoint of Western medicine. The authors have prepared this volume, with the assistance of about 70 contributors from all over the world, to meet an obvious need. Some of the communities in which these contributors work are Madras, India; London; Sydney, Australia; Uganda; Lagos, Nigeria; Manus, New Guinea; Buenos Aires; Colombo, Ceylon; Paris; Singapore; Bogotà, Colombia; Calcutta; Dakar, South Africa; Jamaica; Kenya; New Orleans; and Washington, D. C.
This book covers the broad field of diseases of children, but it does not attempt to be another standard textbook of