Assistance Technique en Médecine Africaine

by Docteur René Devignat, Directeur de l'École de Médecine Tropicale et de l'École d'Assistance Médicale Indigène, à Elisabethville, Belgian Congo. 1st edition, 167 pages, illustrated. Paris, Masson et Cie, 1958. 1.600 fr

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Intended for students in schools of tropical medicine, for the Indigenous Medical Service and for auxiliary medical personnel in tropical Africa, this volume, covering Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Protozoology and Hematology, is the first of 3 similar manuals. Volumes 2 and 3 will deal with Helminthology and Entomology, and with Rodentology, Malacology and Herpetology, respectively.

The 3-page introductory chapter of Volume 1 mentions distinctive characters of bacteria, rickettsiae, viruses, mycobacteria, spirochetes, protozoa, yeasts and molds. Chapter 2 outlines diagnostic microscopy, with formulas for common stains, etc. Cultural methods are not detailed. Mention is made of diagnostic inoculation of animals and embryonated eggs. Chapter 3 deals with viruses in 7 pages; Chapter 4 with rickettsiae in 4 pages. Bacteria are sketchily outlined in Chapter 5; the mycobacteria in Chapter 6 (4 pages); the yeasts and molds and mycoses in Chapter 7 (6 pages). Chapters 8 (spirochetes) and 9 (protozoa) occupy about one third of the book.