ed. by Heinz Spiess, Göttingen, with the collaboration of F. Hansen, K. Petzelt, W. Schäfer, R. Schindler, O. Vivell, H. Wiesener, R. Wohlrab. 356 + xvi pp., with 41 illustrations, many in color. Stuttgart, George Thieme Verlag; U. S. A. and Canada, Intercontinental Medical Book Corporation, New York 16, New York, 1958. DM56.-, $13.35

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This well printed and illustrated book can not be said to make a special appeal to those solely or principally interested in tropical diseases, since only nine of its 356 text-pages deal with vaccination against yellow fever, cholera and plague, respectively, and, what is convenient for those who have but occasionally to advise intending travellers, also contain a scheme of the vaccinations required in the principal non-European countries. It is, however, of importance for readers in America that this section of the book, compiled by W. Schäfer, devotes its main attention to the prophylactic vaccination against yellow fever. The administration of this in combination with that of tetravaccine against typhoid, paratyphoid A and B and cholera as well as with smallpox inoculation is adequately described and due praise is bestowed upon the method as “the most effective preventive measure against yellow fever both for the protection of the individual and as a means to prevent epidemics.”