Cambridge Catalogue  
  • Help
Home > Catalogue > Principles of Medicine in Africa
Principles of Medicine in Africa


  • 320 b/w illus. 271 colour illus. 30 maps 287 tables
  • Page extent: 1462 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 4.76 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 616/.0096
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: R651 .P74 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Medicine--Africa
    • Epidemiology--Africa

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521806169 | ISBN-10: 052180616X)

For students of medicine and those who practice in the front-line of medicine in Africa, this fully revised edition combines classical internal medicine with a rich understanding of the major influences on health and disease in Africa. It puts disease into the context of family and culture and is not afraid to address the effects of inequality on health and the problems of limited resources for health care. There is a much expanded section on non-communicable diseases as well as comprehensive accounts of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other major infections in the continent. Forward-looking and evidence-based, this new edition reflects the emergence of new diseases and health risks in the region. Complied by the foremost international authorities, this is the one essential text for the medical student, medical officer, or postgraduate student wanting the most complete and up-to-date reference book on medicine in Africa.

• Revised edition of standard text for Africa, previously published by Oxford University Press • Expanded in scope, with colour illustrations for the first time • Equally suitable for the medical student, medical officer or postgraduate student • Extensive references specific to African health issues


Part I. Health and Disease: 1. Progress, problems and urban change; 2. People and their environment; 3. Food and nutrition; 4. Refugees and disasters; 5. Managing a health service; With Management and financing of drug supply; Part II. Infection: Section A. General principles: 6. The immune response to infection; 7. The diagnosis and treatment of infection; 8. The control and prevention of infection; 9. The integrated management of childhood illness; 10. Neonatal care; 11. Severe malnutrition; 12. The febrile patient; Section B. Major Common Infections: 13. HIV/AIDS; 14. Sexually transmitted infections; 15. Malaria; 16. Meningitis; 17. Tuberculosis; 18. Pneumonia in adults; 19. Pneumonia and acute respiratory infections in children; 20. Diarrhoea; Section C. Helminths: 21. Intestinal helminths: the burden of disease; 22. Intestinal helminths: epidemiology and clinical features; 23. Cysticercosis; 24. Hydatid disease; 25, Schistosomiasis; 26. Paragonimiasis; 27. Loiasis; 28. Onchocerciasis; 29. Lymphatic filariasis; 30. Guinea worm; 31. Trichinosis; Section D. Protozoa: 32. Leishmaniasis; 33. African trypanosomiasis; 34. Amoebiasis; 35. Intestinal protozoa; Section E. Bacteria: 36. Streptococcus pneumoniae; 37. Streptococcus pyogenes; 38. Staphylococcus aureus; 39. Neisseria meningitidis; 40. Haemophilus influenzae; 41.Tetanus; 42. Pertussis; 43. Diphtheria; 44. Rickettsial infections; 45. Relapsing fever; 46.Yaws and endemic syphilis; 47. Leprosy; 48. Cholera; 49. Typhoid and other salmonella infections; 50. Shigella infection; 51. Brucellosis; 52. Leptospirosis; 53. Plague; 54. Anthrax; Section F. Fungi: 55.Fungal infections; Section G. Viruses: 56. Measles; 57. Dengue; 58. Viral haemorrhagic fevers: yellow fever, Lassa fever, Rift Valley fever, Ebola Marburg fever and Crimean-Congo fever;59. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); 60. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV); 61. Influenza; 62. Chicken pox; 63. Monkey pox; 64. Poliomyelitis; 65. Rubella; 66. Mumps; 67. Hepatitis viruses; 68. Rabies; Part III. Non-Communicable Diseases: 69. The growing importance of non-communicable disease; 70. Diabetes; 71. Asthma; 72. Hypertension; 73. Stroke; 74. Epilepsy; 75. Organisation of non communicable disease care; Part IV. Diseases of Body Systems: 76. The heart; 77. The lung; 78. Blood; 79. The gut; 80. The liver; 81. The spleen; 82. Body fluids; 83. The kidney; 84. Bones and joints; 85. Endocrine and metabolic disease; 86. The nervous system including stroke; Part V. Medical Aspects of Other Important Conditions in Africa: 87. The pregnant patient; 88. The disturbed patient; 89. The disabled patient; 90. Cancers and lymphomas; 91. Palliative care; 92. Venomous animals; 93. The skin; With Buruli ulcer; 94. The eye; 95. Making the most of the laboratory; 96. The approach to treatment; Part VI. Common Life-Threatening Emergencies: 97. Emergencies.

Prize Winner

Society of Authors and Royal Society of Medicine Book Awards Winner 2005 - Winner

2005 British Medical Association First Prize in its category 2005 - Winner


'… spectacular …'. The Lancet

'This is a big book, physically and intellectually, and must rank among the very best on health care anywhere … The text has been skilfully edited, and tables and boxed highlights have been carefully crafted.' The Lancet

'… an excellent volume … One need go no further than the contents pages to see the clarity of thought and the consistency in design, and the introductory chapters are witness to the editors' understanding of human ecology in Africa … the chapters are characterized by concise text, excellent photographs, ingenious tables, easy-to-read maps and a multitude of references … The physicians, with their solid grounding in tropical Africa, a sharper focus and a comprehensive editorial policy, produced a tome that is, with respect to Africa, better even than Manson's Tropical Diseases.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

'… extremely student friendly … highly readable and well-edited, the textbook covers all aspects of diseases in the tropics … extremely practical … an up-to-date masterpiece …'. Journal of the American Medical Association

'The magnificent new edition achieves its stated aims of putting the medicine of Africa into its rural and urban context, emphasising basic mechanisms of disease ad presenting practical and relevant information for those who are at the frontline of healthcare. … Principles of Medicine in Africa is a worthy publishing endeavour, which does great credit to its contributors and publisher, Cambridge University Press. It is a valuable addition to the reference and teaching literature on medicine in Africa, which is now relevant to the whole world thanks to globablisation of disease.' Clinical Medicine


Richard Godfrey, Geoffrey Gill, Eldryd Parry, Andrew Prentice, Timothy D. Healing, Michael D. E. Pelly, Heiner Grosskurth, Ruairi Brugha, Susan Foster, Richard Laing, Pontiano Kaleebu, Allison M. Eliott, Hilton C. Whittle, Christopher J. M. Whitty, David Mabey, Andy Hall, Martin Weber, Ayo Palmer, Kim Mulholland, Giorgio Tamburlini, Ann Ashworth, Tom Doherty, Alison Grant, Elly T. Katabira, Lawrence H. Marum, Kevin de Cock, Philippe Mayaud, Francis Ndowa, John Richens, Kevin Marsh, Julie Makani, Brian Greenwood, Anthony D. Harries, Nicola J. Hargreaves, Felix M. Salaniponi, J. Anthony G. Scott, J. M. Chakaya, Melita Gordon, Donald A. P. Bundy, Lesley J. Drake, Ed Cooper, Guy Baily, Anthony E. Butterworth, John H. Ouma, Anthony Bryceson, Chukwuedu Nwokolo, Michael E. Murdoch, Ian E. Murdoch, Sylvester Anemana, Carlton Evans, Ed Zijlstra, Paul Kelly, Isaac Zulu, August Stich, Stephen Gordon, Kim Mulholland, Trevor Duke, Brian Greenwood, Charles R. J. C. Newton, Philip Debenham, Philippe Parola, Patrick J. Kelly, Didier Raoult, Daniel Fekade, Tjip van der Werf, Kingsley Asiedu, Ruth Leekassa, Diana Lockwood, Robin Bailey, Gisela Schneider, Rod Hay, Assan Jaye, Jeremy J. Farrar, Jan ter Meulen, Ramou Njie, David Mabey, Andy Hall, Sarah Thomas, Sarah Thomas, Harry F. Hull, Susan Robertson, David Warrell, Nigel Unwin, Lance Saker, Jean-Claude Mbanya, K. George M. M. Alberti, Jean-Claude Mbanya, Martin Boeree, Richard Walker, Richard Edwards, Richard Walker, Yvonne Hart, Martin Prevett, David Wilkinson, Nomsa F. Wilkinson, Jurergen Freers, James Hakim, Harriet Myanja-Kassa, David A. Warrell, Martin Boeree, Richard Godfrey, Alan F. Fleming, Clara Menendez, Paul Kelly, Isaac Zulu, Edemariam Tsega, Tom Doherty, David Mabey, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Francesco Cappuccio, John Eastwood, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Francesco Cappuccio, Mohammed Tikly, Ade Adebajo, Charles Todd, Ken Huddle, Peter Newman, Peter Cleland, Richard Walker, Edwin Were, Yaw Osei, Richard Laugharne, Tom Burns, Christopher B. D. Lavy, John L. Ziegler, Edward Katangole Mbidde, Anne Merriman, Karen L. Frame, David A. Warrell, Ben Naafs, Tjip S. van der Werf, K. Asiedu, Allen Foster, George Bedu-Addo, Imelda Bates, Peter A. Winstanley, Richard Godfrey, Peter Bewes, Elizabeth Molyneux G. Antunes, V. Masani, P. Kloer

printer iconPrinter friendly version AddThis