Patrick A. Buxton, C.M.G., F.R.S. The Louse. An Account of the Lice Which Infest Man, Their Medical Importance and Control

Second Edition. viii–164 pp. 47 Illus. The Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore, 1946. $3.25

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If the first edition of Buxton's “The Louse” received acclaim as a uniquely thorough work in medical entomology, the second edition must leave its reviewers at a loss for adequately descriptive priase. Here we find the author no less enthusiastic about his subject, and despite the monotony that one would suspect to be attendant upon the lives of lice, one follows the newly-gathered information with increasing fascination.

It would appear that World War II did nothing to halt British investigators in their researches in the biology of lice. Whereas it might seem that during such emergencies one would more wisely concentrate on preventive or control measures, it is clear that new information on the sensory organs in the antennae of lice was of value in enabling the investigators to appraise the mechanisms by which some of teh new insecticides exerted their effects.