Global health: practicing the language of tropical medicine

New edition of Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine describes more than 100 clinical cases

Dr. Camilla Rothe is the editor of the new edition (c) LMU Klinikum

During her studies in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Dr. Camilla Rothe, now consultant in Tropical Medicine at the Tropical Institute at the LMU University Hospital of Munich, Germany, appreciated one book in particular: AD Harries' description of 100 clinical cases provided a highly descriptive insight into tropical medicine. Camilla Rothe contacted the author and, since no continuation of the popular classic medical handbook was planned, she decided to publish a similar format herself in order to make this practical knowledge available for generations of doctors to come. She was all the more pleased that AD Harries then became one of the authors of your book herself. Edited by Camilla Rothe, the second edition of Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine has now been published by Elsevier in October 2020.

Together with renowned experts in the field of global medicine, tropical and travel medicine, Rothe vividly describes more than 100 clinical cases from different regions of the world, including Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America or the Australian tropics. After the first edition in 2014, more than 30 new cases have been added and thus further tropical diseases such as leprosy, African trypanosomiasis, yellow fever, rabies or Chagas. The "clinical cases" format confronts the reader directly with patient examples. The book is distinguished not only by its practical, interdisciplinary descriptions and detailed illustrations, but also by the fact that patients' living conditions and socioeconomic factors are taken into account.

The format of “clinical cases” confronts readers directly with a suffering patient. As Camilla Rothe puts it: “Since it is every doctor’s pride to help their patients as best as the can, this format gets readers immediately intellectually and emotionally involved, which is crucial for an effective learning process. The case presentation is followed by two questions that will get readers to think and test their knowledge. Readers will also learn what really happened to “their” patient.” The book "Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine" thus goes far beyond a purely descriptive collection of knowledge about tropical diseases. It confronts readers with the reality of limited diagnostic and therapeutic options that they often encounter in undersourced settings and which often require pragmatic clinical approaches. The book thus not only addresses the specialized field of tropical diseases, but also becomes a valuable source of information for general practitioners who are increasingly confronted with tropical diseases seeing returned travellers and migrant patients.

About the editor:
Dr. Camilla Rothe is deputy director of the Tropical Institute at the LMU University Hospital of Munich, Germany. She passes on her knowledge as a tropical physician with stations such as in Malawi, in various teaching positions, including in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Vellore/India, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kampala/Uganda and Nagasaki/Japan. She was part of the team looking after Germany’s first Ebola patient and diagnosed the first COVID-19 case in Germany. As a result of her highly acclaimed NEJM publication on asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 (the New York Times reported), she was named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People 2020.

More information:

- Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, October 2020
- Book review, Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, November 2020 (not open access)