Insect Control in Public Health

by C. B. Symes, formerly of Her Majesty's Overseas Research Service, R. C. Muirhead Thompson, Regional Entomology Advisor for S.E. Asia, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, and J. R. Busvine, Reader in Entomology, London School of Tropical Medicine, London, England. 227 pages, illustrated. Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, New York. 1962. $11.00

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  • School of Public Health and Administrative Medicine Columbia University, New York 32, New York

The authors state in the “Introduction” that the aim of this book is to “… provide a simple outline of information concerning the part played by modern insecticides in the control of the major arthropod-borne diseases of the tropics and subtropics.” They have succeeded admirably in this purpose.

The book is divided into 18 chapters (155 pp.) and 9 appendices (54 pp.). Discussed in the chapters are insecticides in general use in the geographical areas considered, formulations, space sprays, residual spraying, and equipment, followed by chapters on malaria, basic requirements and cost of a malaria control campaign based on residual spraying, filariasis, plague with notes on murine and scrub typhus, Chagas' disease, dysenteries and flies, onchocerciasis, yellow fever, louse-borne typhus and relapsing fever, African sleeping sickness, resistance of insects, and toxicities and precautionary measures. Insecticidal measures of control of the arthropod-vectors of each of the diseases is discussed in their respective chapters.