Geography no longer serves as a barrier to protect the American physician from confrontation with unusual or exotic diseases. Exotic is not the best descriptive term for the diseases discussed in this excellent monograph, since many of the infections are seen relatively frequently and are not brought into the country by travelers but are acquired within the continental United States.
In 1975, the Division of Geographic Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, prepared a series of succinct articles on exotic viral, bacterial, protozoan, and helminthic infections for publication in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, which appeared between May 1975 and October 1977. These articles were revised and updated to form the content of this book.
The algorithms have been carefully planned, are clearly depicted without a mass of useless esoteric pathways, and direct the clinician to the shortest and most practical route to a definitive diagnosis.