Health and Disease

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Literature Guide: Tropical Medicine

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

Compiled by Timothy Skinner, Aug 31, 2018

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Library of Congress classification:

RC 960 – RC 962

Dewey Decimal classification:

616 Diseases

Library of Congress subject headings:

Pediatric tropical medicine

Tropical medicine

Veterinary tropical medicine


Epidemiology Journal
Journal of Bacteriology and Parasitology
Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases     
Journal of Infectious Diseases and Diagnosis
Journal of Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Tropical Diseases Journal

Periodical articles:

Clark, Paul Franklin. 1959. “Hideyo Noguchi, 1876–1928.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 33: 1-20.

Hankins, G. W. 1980. “Surgery in a Mission Hospital.” Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons 62: 439-44.

Lederer, Susan E. 1985. “Hideyo Noguchi’s Luetin Experiment and the Antivivisectionists.” Isis 76 (March): 31-48.

Reference books:

Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine (2014)

The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual (2016)

Reference books with relevant articles or chapters:

Biographical Dictionary of Medicine. Has articles on Amedee Borrel, William Crawford Gorgas, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Patrick Manson, Hideyo Noguchi, Walter Reed, and Ronald Ross.

Cambridge World History of Human Diseases (1993)

Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine, 2 vol.

The Oxford Medical Companion

Books with relevant chapters:

Browne, Stanley G., Frank Davey, and William A. R. Thomson, eds. 1985. Heralds of Health: The Saga of Christian Medical Initiatives. London: Christian Medical Fellowship.
  (See Ch. 9: “Tropical and General Surgery” by P. Bewes.)

Porter, Roy. 1997. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity. New York: W. W. Norton.
  (See Ch. 15: “Tropical Medicine, World Diseases.”)


Arnold, David. 1993. Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Beeching, Nick, and Geoff Gill. 2014. Tropical Medicine. 7th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bewes, P. C. 1984. Surgery—A Manual for Rural Health Workers. Nairobi, Kenya: African Medical and Research Foundation.

Cahill, Kevin M. 2011. Tropical Medicine: A Clinical Text. 8th ed. New York: Fordham University Press.

Cook, Gordon. 2007. Tropical Medicine: An Illustrated History of the Pioneers. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Farley, John. 1991. Bilharzia: A History of Imperial Tropical Medicine. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Foster, W. D. 1970. The Early History of Scientific Medicine in Uganda. Kampala: East Africa Literature Bureau.

Harrison, Mark. 1994. Public Health in British India: Anglo-Indian Preventive Medicine, 1859–1914. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kean, B. H., K. E. Mott, and A. J. Russell. 1978. Tropical Medicine and Parasitology: Classic Investigations. 2 vol. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

King, Maurice, ed. 1966. Medical Care in Developing Countries. Nairobi: Oxford University Press.

Lyons, Maryinez. 1992. The Colonial Disease: A Social History of Sleeping Sickness in Northern Zaire, 1900–1940. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Magill, Alan J., Edward R. Ryan, Tom Solomon, and David R. Hill. 2012. Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Disease: Expert Consult. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Matthews, Philippa C. 2017. Tropical Medicine Notebook. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Meunier, Yann A. 2013. Tropical Disease: A Practical Guide for Medical Practitioners and Students. Oxford, UK:Oxford University Press.

Peters, Wallace, and Geoffrey Pasvol, et al. 2006. Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Rothe, Camilla. 2014. Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Vaughan, Megan. 1991. Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Warren, K. S., and A. A. F. Mahmoud, eds. 1990. Tropical and Geographical Medicine. 2d ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.