Ecotrends No. 4, By Socrates Litsios. Paperback, 181 pages, Pacific Press, 36 Hatton Street, Karori, Wellington 5, New Zealand, 1996. Order from Natural History Book Services, 2-3 Wills Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5XN, United Kingdom, ISBN No. 0-9583418-3-4. £18. US $29.70
The Tomorrow of Malaria is an interesting, pocket-sized paperback which seeks to explore the past, present, and future of malaria and its control. It is obviously difficult to provide an inclusive account of such a complicated and far-reaching subject in less than 180 pages, but the author deserves credit for providing illuminating highlights. Much of the information discusses the exploits and philosophies of a half-dozen of the malariologists who provided much of the background efforts to control this disease during the 20th century.
In a sense, this seems to be a book in search of an audience. It is difficult to identify what group would most likely benefit from reading it. Certainly, a scientist in the field of malaria would find it too elementary to be of much value; however, a student, studying tropical diseases and hygiene, might find the historical accounts interesting, and incentive for further exploration.