International Sanitary Regulations

Proceedings of the Special Committee and of the Fourth World Health Assembly on WHO Regulations No. 2. Official Records of the World Health Organization No. 37. (Also published in French). 443 pp., Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization. Distributed by Columbia University Press, International Documents Service, New York City, 1952. Price $2.25, 16/3, Fr. fr. 720, Sw. fr. 9.-

L. W. Hackett
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This volume contains the revision of the International Sanitary Conventions and their consolidation into a single set of regulations, applicable throughout the world to all forms of international transport, for the control of the six quarantinable diseases: plague, cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus and relapsing fever. The last disease seems to have been added because of recent large epidemics, and of the danger of its spread through the Mecca Pilgrimage. It contains a record also of the successive steps leading to an accomplishment which must be considered one of the most important tasks yet undertaken by WHO. Valuable information is given on the considerations and principles on which the Regulations are based, summed up in “maximum security with a minimum of interference with international traffic.”

Part I comprises the debates of the Special Committee and its Sub-Committee on the Mecca Pilgrimage, and emphasizes the opinion of the experts that “a community is more effectively protected against pestilential disease by its own public health service than by sheltering behind a barrier of quarantine measures.”

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