By H. J. Bensted, W. Bulloch, L. Dudgeon, A. G. Gardner, E. D. W. Greig, D. Harvey, W. F. Harvey, T. J. Mackie, R. A. O'Brien, H. M. Perry, H. Scutze, P. Bruce White, W. J. Wilson. London, 1929. His Majesty's Stationery Office. Pp. 1–482
by A. Trevor Willis, M.D., B.S. (Melb.), Ph.D. (Leeds), M.C.Path., M.C.P.A., Reader in Microbiology, Monash University, formerly Lecturer in Bacteriology, University of Leeds. xiv + 234 pages, illustrated, second edition. Butterworth Inc., Washington. 1965. $8.50
Introduction to Parasitology with Special Reference to the Parasites of Man
by the late Asa C. Chandler, M.S., Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Rice Institute, Houston, Texas, Former Officer-in-Charge, Hookworm Research Laboratory, School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Calcutta, India, and Clark P. Read, M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Rice Institute, Houston, Texas, Former Associate Professor of Parasitology, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. 10th edition, 822 + xii pages, illustrated. New York and London, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1961. $9.75
Chandler was fond of alleging that he wrote a new book as a means of learning thoroughly a subject about which he knew little. Thus the first edition of this book, which was aimed at the general public, led him into the field of parasitology. Finding that it was more widely used as a textbook, he modified the second edition for that purpose. Successive editions have become increasingly technical without losing the superior readability and charm. Read is commendably carrying on this tradition. As usual the new edition is up-to-date. The necessary deletions to make way for new material have in general been wisely chosen. The increase in size amounts to only a score of pages. A new type face, which appears to take more space but actually does not, is a considerable improvement, especially in the fine print such as the keys.