The first edition of this book was published in 1958 under the title “Hygiène Tropicale.” It was directed primarily to nurses, midwives, sanitarians, medical assistants, pharmacists and others preparing themselves for a career in the Central African health services; it comprised a synopsis of Professor van Riel's lecture notes and was designed to be complemented by illustrated slides and other demonstration materials. The present (2nd) edition differs in several ways. In the first place there is a general expansion of the text and an increase in the number of tables, which, together with the addition of 44 line drawings, an index and biliographical references, represent 174 added pages. The format and general plan remain the same but the second edition is altogether a more attractive and probably more useful volume.
In the second place it is implied in the preface that the book is addressed to a larger readership, post-graduate students of tropical medicine including physicians and public health administrators.