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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}

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

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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—, 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 tropical neurology, having taught and written extensively on HIV …

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