Miasma revisited - the intellectual history of tropical medicine

Aust Fam Physician. 2009 Jan-Feb;38(1-2):57-9.


Tropical medicine arose as an area of medical practice in the last decade of the 19th century. Patrick Manson dominated its early history, and it thrived through the height of the colonial era. With the end of colonialism, tropical medicine underwent an evolution, with the rise of the disciplines of travel medicine, geographic medicine, international health, and global medicine.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Climate
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Travel / history
  • Tropical Medicine / history*