World Eradication of Infectious Diseases

by E. Harold Hinman, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.C.S. (Hon.), Professor and Head of Department of Preventive Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Member, Expert Advisory Panel on Malaria, World Health Organization; Formerly, Chief Malariologist, Tennessee Valley Authority; Dean, School of Medicine—School of Tropical Medicine, University of Puerto Rico; Chief, Technical Resources Division, Office of Public Health, Agency for International Development (formerly ICA). x + 223 pages, 4 maps. Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, 1966. $8.50

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This is a welcome addition to the small number of books devoted to the eradication of human diseases, and disease-vectors known to the reviewer. World Eradication of Infectious Diseases discusses the general philosophy of eradication and its application to several specific problems.

That the author has written this book with its long-range optimism before the global eradication of any disease or disease vector has been accomplished, and while the malaria eradication effort—his field of special interest—is encountering serious difficulties in certain problem areas, does not mean that he underestimates the difficulties of eradication. Rather does it signal the conviction of an experienced worker in the international field; having personally followed the malaria program for a number of years in several countries, the author is convinced of the long-term solution of remaining problems.

This small volume will be valuable to public-health workers and to those interested in communicable-disease prevention who have not had access to the reports on eradication programs.

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