Health and Disease in Tribal Societies. Ciba Foundation Symposium 49 (new series). pages. Elsevier/Excerpta Medica/North-Holland, Amsterdam, Oxford, and New York 1977. Price, not given.

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In 1976 a symposium on health and disease among tribal populations was held to discuss three topics: [1] How can so-called primitive peoples be protected from the on-slaught of civilization; [2] Does studying of such peoples help to understand the ills of their “civilized” counterparts; and [3] Can (or should) anything be done to help assimilate such groups into modern society? These are important questions: It is no longer possible for any tribal group to exist in complete isolation from the outside world, and the history of social contacts with them demonstrates an almost inevitable result of physical, psychosocial, and

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