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Book Review doi:10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.688 http://http://phcfm.org Principles of medicine in Africa On initial presentation with this textbook, which weighs in at an impressive 2.7 kg, I was perhaps surprised at the predominance of editors from the United Kingdom. However, upon review of the multiple contributors, it is very clear that this is a comprehensive textbook with expert input from many countries across Africa and the rest of the world, including a few authors from South Africa. The book is now in its fourth edition (2013), the first edition having appeared in 1976. The low-cost edition, only for Africa, is available from Cambridge University Press for about R2189.00. The book is divided into 13 sections, with seven sections dedicated to infectious diseases, reflecting the burden of disease in Africa. The other sections include mother and child health, non- communicable diseases, body systems, cancer and palliative care and, lastly, venoms and poisons. Throughout the book, easy-to-read text is supported with colour photographs, illustrations and graphics. The book draws the reader in from page one, where it starts off with a patient’s story in rural Ethiopia, then goes on to explain what it means to suffer from Podoconiosis. A systematic approach
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