Natural Nidality of Transmissible Diseases

by Evegeny N. Pavlovsky, edited by Norman D. Levine, translated by Frederick K. Plous. University of Illinois Press, Urbana and London, 1966. x + 227 pages with index, glossary, references and 126 figures or photographs. $8.00

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  • Department of Epidemiology School of Public Health University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The word “Nidality” has been coined from nidus to mean information about the origins and sources of diseases transmissible from one form of life to another. It therefore embraces not only the infectious agent but also the relevant association between species (Biocenose), geophysical situation (Biogeocenose) and general biology of the environment. Transmissible diseases, in this context, are those which are communicable from one host or species to another only through a vector, usually invertebrate.

The life-long work of Academician Pavlovsky (who died last year in Leningrad at the age of 81) on the ecology of parasitic infections and zoonoses has been well-known internationally for many years, especially for his meticulous first-hand field observations on the geophysical and biologic factors influencing the transmission of encephalitis, relapsing fever, tularemia and plague. He was honored by institutions of learning inside and outside Russia as a teacher as well as a scientist, and many of his pupils are now notable in their own contributions to studies which he initiated.