Geomedical Monograph Series No. 5, Kenya

by H. J. Diesfeld, and H. K. Hecklau. xii + 134 pages, illustrated. Springer-Verlag KG, Postfach, Heidelberger Platz 3, D-1000 Berlin 33, Germany. 1978. DM 78.-; $39.00

David F. Clyde Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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This volume (in English) continues the series of regional studies in geographical medicine begun by Ernst Rodenwaldt in 1965. The presentation of health in Kenya, and of factors influencing it, is made in sections in which are described: (A) the land and its inhabitants, analyzed in terms of physical, demographic and economic geography, (B) the health services provided by government and private agencies, (C) the diseases found in Kenya, a 34-page section, with considerable historical input, dealing mainly with the epidemiology and distribution of infectious diseases, (D) patterns of health and health services related to economic and socio-geographical population factors. This last section is particularly interesting, considering as it does the interrelationships of disease and of development on African peasant and pastoral societies, and on those of other racial composition in modern Kenya.

The text is supported by numerous tables and figures, carefully prepared, and a bibliography with nearly 300 references.

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