Health Hints for the Tropics

(Supplement to Tropical Medicine and Hygiene News), edited by Harry Most, M.D., New York University School of Medicine. 31 pages, fifth edition, paper back. Published by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, distributed by Editor, Tropical Medicine and Hygiene News, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. 1964. 50 cents per copy; 40 cents in lots of 100

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  • Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

Originally published in 1948, “Health Hints for the Tropics” was designed to provide the lay traveler with a summary of immunization procedures, and with succinct advice concerning relevant matters of water, food, and clothing, of environmental hazards, and of personal hygiene. Obviously satisfying a need, the pamphlet now has passed through five editions, authored in turn by distinguished groups of specialists. The current edition, under the editorship of Dr. Harry Most, with major contributions by Drs. Geoffrey Edsall and A. B. Weathersby, continues to offer a judicious and authoritative summary of information essential to the maintenance of personal health under tropical conditions. A careful balance is maintained between emphasis on essential precautions and avoidance of unnecessary apprehensions. In the next edition—which is certain to follow—consideration might be given to the addition of a brief paragraph covering the return of the traveler to temperate areas, and to the need of informing one's personal physician of areas of tropical sojourn in the case of unexplained illness.