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Neurology in Africa: Howlett
  1. M R B Evans,
  2. H Manji
  1. MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr H Manji, MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, UK; hadi.manji{at}btinternet.com

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Embedded Image William Howlett, Published by BRIC, 2012. 460 pp. ISBN – 978-82-7453-085-0.

The past 20 years have witnessed a boom in medical education in sub-Saharan Africa,1 but who is teaching students neurology? While Europe has one neurologist for every ∼20 000 people, Africa has one for every ∼3 million,2 while some sub-Saharan African countries have none at all.

Neurology in Africa is a 460 page labour of love, which goes some distance towards bridging this gap. The first open access textbook on African neurology—http://www.uib.no/filearchive/neurologyinafrica_bora-complete-book.pdf, and now a core medical school textbook in many African countries, Neurology in Africa is written by an authority on the subject: Dr William Howlett, an Irish and UK trained physician, tropical medicine expert and neurologist who has lived, taught and worked for many years in sub-Saharan Africa. Based mostly at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania, Dr Howlett is an internationally renowned expert and leader of research in the field of AIDS and …

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