Primer of Tropical Medicine

The Primer of Tropical Medicine aims to give concise, practical information for the general practitioner or health professional, who work in the tropics or manage people coming from or going to the tropics.

It is a companion volume to the Primer of Travel Medicine, which is available in print version from The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (email As the name suggests, it applies a “primer” or framework upon which to build with further reading and experience. The book is divided into 26 chapters written by various national and international contributors, concentrating on the major aspects of tropical medicine. The primer is not yet available in print format. As individual chapters are created and revised they will be linked in the index below. Your assessment and any critique is appreciated during this formative stage and comments can be directed to

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Table of Contents

Title Page (1 page, 8Kb)
Title Page Verso (1 page, 16Kb)
Dedication (1 page 8Kb)
Table of Contents (2 pages 15Kb)
Preface (1 page 8Kb)
About the Editors (1 page 14Kb)
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations


  1. The tropical environment: An introduction to tropical medicine
  2. Environmental health problems in the tropics
  3. Nutrition and health in the tropics
  4. Custom, culture and health in the tropics John M. Goldsmid (17 pages, 164kb)
  5. Tropical fevers, including malaria
  6. Hepatitis and other liver problems
  7. Tropical skin problems
  8. CNS infections in the tropics
  9. Miscellaneous infections in the tropics
    • Septicaemia
    • Bone and joint infections
    • Soft tissue and anaerobic infections
  10. Arthropod-borne infections in the tropics – A synopsis John M Goldsmid (6 Pages 37kb)
  11. Zoonotic infections in the tropics John M Goldsmid (14 Pages 115kb)
  12. Venomous animals
    • Spiders, scorpions and snakes
    • Stingers
    • Antivenoms
  13. Cancers in the tropics Alan E. Mills (26 pages 1610kb)
  14. An approach to women’s health in the tropics Graeme D Schreuder (12 pages 71kb)
  15. Tropical paediatrics Maurice Kibel, Jon Rohde (23 pages 145kb)
  16. Oral health and dental care in the tropics Geoff Quail (13 pages 49kb)
  17. Nursing in the tropics Teresa O’Connor (12 pages 76kb)
  18. Surgery in the tropics Sankar Sinha (14 pages 84kb)
  19. Tropical haemoglobinopathies
  20. Non Communicable Diseases in the Tropics
  21. Lymphatic Infections Wayne Melrose & John M Goldsmid (17 pages 220kb)
  22. Ancillary health services in the tropics
    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Radiology
    • Occupational Health
    • Pharmacy
  23. Immunisation strategies for tropical countries
  24. The tropical laboratory
  25. Overview: The nexus between tropical and travel medicine: prospects and future directions