Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This third edition of a well known handbook on tropical sanitation has had considerable revision and additions, especially in the chapters on ventilation, water and communicable diseases. Chapter III (73 pages) on building construction would appear to an American to be superfluous, as this work would be handled by a building inspector under our practice. Furthermore, much of the material therein appears to be rather obsolete in view of modern knowledge of construction of cool houses in hot climates. Under “Communicable Diseases” we note rather longer isolation periods for the acute exanthemata than are necessary, and for typhus control (pg. 284) an emphasis on old methods rather than emphasis on DDT delousing. However later, on pp. 326–327, the use of DDT in delousing is emphasized. Better correlation and cross-referencing of relevant sections would be an improvement. Some typographical errors (mosquito species named on pg. 334 for example) were noted.


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