By Richard C. Holcomb, M.D., F.A.C.S., Captain, Medical Corps, U. S. Navy, Retired. With Introduction by C. S. Butler, A.B., M.D., Li.D., Rear Admiral, Medical Corps, U. S. Navy. Pp. 1-189. Froben Press. New York. 1937
During the past few years, apparently as a result of interest stimulated in tropical medicine during World War II, several new texts have appeared, including the present one under review. It is questionable whether any great contribution is made by attempting to coordinate the contents of texts dealing with parasitology, mycology, clinical tropical medicine and entomology in a single overly large book. This new text is the joint work of 57 contributors and three editors. Some of the chapters, notably those dealing with the helminths and local conditions in Central and South America, are extremely well presented. On the other hand, relatively more important subjects, such as malaria and visceral leishmaniasis, receive casual treatment. There seems to be a disproportion in this respect from the standpoint of local distribution and human suffering and disease in the space allotted for the various subjects. For example, the subject of trichinosis, while extremely well presented, is given more space than malaria.