This book probably contains the most information on tropical medicine that any non-specialist is ever likely to be able to carry in any form, written, electronic or memorised. It's small enough to slip into the jeans pocket, rugged enough to survive the tropical storm and practical enough to make you treat typhoid safely and effectively with no prior experience. One particular advantage is that, unlike other and larger books on "tropical medicine", it is intended for those who actually happen to work there, rather than for courses conducted in First world countries. That means that it is not simply an endless review of increasing rare eponymous parasitoses that dwells long and lovingly on their appearances on CT and MRI, while being correspondingly vague on their actual treatment. Rather it is a strictly practical manual of the diseases which happen to be endemic in most tropical countries and the management options that are likely to be available in relatively poor countries. As a result, it really functions as the tropical equivalent of its older brother, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine - every junior doctor's best friend. The mark of Collier and Longmore is apparent not just in the familiar format, but also in the terse, clear (but never merely dogmatic) recommendations for management and also is the gentle good humour with which they are delivered. Admittedly, that strength can also be a weakness. Substantial chunks of the book appear to have been largely lifted from the last edition of big brother. And, perhaps as a result, some of the treatment recommendations seem a year or two out of date, especially in fast-changing fields such as the management of heart failure. Nevertheless, no doctor should venture south of Dover (or Miami) without this book tucked firmly and comfortingly into the back pocket of her jeans.