Manual of Tropical Medicine

by George W. Hunter, III, Ph.D., William W. Frye, Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), and J. Clyde Swartzwelder, Ph.D. 3rd edition, 892 pages, illustrated. Philadelphia, W. B. Saunders Co., 1960. $15.00

Richard J. PorterUniversity of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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It is now fifteen years since the first edition of this book appeared. Intended originally as a military manual, it has earned a place of importance in the library of every health worker concerned with tropical disease. The current, third edition fills this place competently. With the death of the first senior author, Col. Mackie, two new authors have been enlisted, and they are indeed well qualified. The roster of collaborators has been expanded to thirty-three.

Main sections are devoted to each of the principal groups of infectious disease agents, to nutritional diseases, to molluscs and arthropods, to laboratory methods, and to a grab bag of miscellaneous conditions, including the effects of heat, injurious animals, and diseases of questionable etiology. The book does not attempt a general coverage of medicine in the tropics. Rather, it assumes the task of introducing temperate zone medical workers to those problems which are peculiar to or especially important in warm countries.