Environmental Health Engineering in the Tropics, an Introductory Text

by S. Cairncross and V. G. Feachem. xii + 283 pages. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., One Wiley Drive, Somerset, New Jersey 08873. 1983. $39.95

A. A. Abdelghani Department of Environmental Health Sciences Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

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The four parts, which include 16 chapters, of this book cover a broad range of subjects in environmental health. Problems discussed in these chapters are not limited to those of the tropics; most of them exist in developing countries whether tropical or temperate.

Part I includes the first three chapters. It groups infectious diseases in a way that is helpful to the health practitioner. It also describes the chemical, biological, and physical characteristics of water supplies. In addition, microbiological indicators, tests, and standards are mentioned in Part I.

Discussion of water supplies is continued in Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Part II. Contamination and protection of water in rural and urban areas are described in these chapters.

Chapters 7 to 13 constitute Part III. Individual and public methods of treatment and disposal of human wastes (excreta and refuse) in developing countries are described. In addition, health hazards associated with excreta and refuse collection, disposal, and reuse are outlined in these chapters.

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