Natural Nidality of Diseases and Questions of Parasitology

Proceedings of the IV Conference of the Natural Nidality of Diseases and Questions of Parasitology of Kazakhstan and the Republics of Middle Asia, 15–20 September 1959, Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, USSR. Edited by Norman D. Levine, Center for Zoonoses Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Illinois, and Translated by Frederick K. Plous, Jr., Center for Zoonoses Research, University of Illinois. viii + 483 pages, illustrated. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Chicago, and London. 1968. $10.95

Gordon T. StewartDepartment of Epidemiology School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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This book is a translation by F. K. Plous of the Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Natural Nidality of Diseases in Kazakhstan and the Republics of Middle Asia, held in the Institute of Zoology at Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, U.S.S.R. on 15–20 September 1959. It begins, appropriately, with a concise review of the scope of the subject by Academician E. N. Pavlovsky, who began a long series of important contributions to the ecology of the zoonoses in 1939 and was the first to use the word “nidality” in this context. Among other ideas, Pavlovsky discusses the possibility that viruses are altered by natural transmission sequences through various hosts. He also pays tribute to workers in other parts of the world and is especially complimentary to Czech and Chinese workers for their methodical contributions. The second contribution is also a review by I. G. Galuzo.