Clinical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

By Damaso de Rivas and Carlos T. de Rivas. Pp. 367, 144 textfigs. and one colored plate. 1935. Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia

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The authors state that “this book is written for students and practitioners in response for a treatise upon modern progress in tropical and parasitic diseases.” The object of the text, as indicated in the preface, is “to present the modern conception of tropical and parasitic diseases from the standpoint of etiology, the complete life history of parasites, the pathology, symptomatology, diagnosis and treatment of these affections.” It is the unpleasant task of the reviewer to show in part in how far the authors have failed to accomplish their task, due to omissions, to misstatements of fact, to antiquated or erroneous nomenclature, to apparent ignorance of the advances in the subject during the past two decades and to dangerous clinical advice. In support of this critique the reviewer submits numerous specific relevant items appearing in the volume, realizing that their citation and enumeration are likely to be extremely tiresome to the reader.