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Int J Dermatol. 1988 Apr;27(3):187-9.

Skin diseases in tropical Africa. Medical, social, and economic implications.

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Dermatology Unit, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa.


Diseases, ignorance, and poverty are linked in a vicious web in Africa. Economic changes (foreign debts) and frequent political instability (eg, due to military coups), refugee influx, and industrialization have had profound effects on skin diseases. The interaction of these influences on skin diseases is discussed, and suggestions are made to bring about some improvement.

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